Introduction – History of Mead
Pour yourself a glass of history with mead, the OG alcoholic beverage. This golden elixir is made by fermenting honey, water, and yeast, resulting in a sweet and distinct flavor that sets it apart from wine and beer. Add in some herbs, spices, fruits or grains for a little bit of extra kick, and you’ve got yourself a party in a glass. Whether you like it dry or sweet, bubbly or flat, mead is the perfect way to satisfy your taste buds and impress your friends with your ancient beverage knowledge.
For centuries, mead has been a beloved beverage in many cultures around the world. The Vikings, who referred to it as “mjod,” enjoyed it for both spiritual and social occasions. Even nobility in medieval times appreciated the unique flavor and presumed health benefits of this honey-based drink. Mead remained a popular choice for the upper classes in Renaissance Europe, particularly in England where it graced royal feasts. As colonial America emerged, mead found its way across the ocean and into the medicine cabinets and hearts of early American citizens. From a staple in religious ceremonies to a much-loved beverage at a royal feast, mead has certainly made a lasting impression on various societies throughout history.
Today, mead has experienced a resurgence in popularity, particularly among craft beer and wine enthusiasts. Many small-scale meaderies have sprung up around the world, creating unique and innovative varieties of mead using a wide range of ingredients. According to the American Mead Makers Association, in 2017 over an 18 month period, there was a new winery opening up every 3 days in the USA!
Mead is not only a delicious drink but also a cultural treasure. It has played an important role in the history and traditions of many cultures around the world. From the Vikings to the modern-day, mead has withstood the test of time and continues to captivate and inspire people all over the world.