August 11, 2010
Mead, like cider, is a growing industry. Check out Got Mead.com. This website has a plethora of information regarding mead, including meaderies, recipes, and other information. It is quite the website.
Some meaderies to check out and try:
- Beowulf Mead
- Blacksnake Meadery
- Chaucer’s Mead – sold with a little pouch of mulling spices.
- Fair Winds Mead
- Honeyrun Winery – they do a lot of meads and fruit wines that are blended together
- Iqhilika Mead – they have a chili mead
- Meadow Vista Honey Wines
- Mountain Meadows Mead – they come to several regional festivals
- New Day Meadery – they post up YouTube videos that are kind of interesting, ranging from bees to their latest product and steps in between.
- Rabbit’s Foot Meadery – besides mead, they also do cyser and braggots
- Redstone Meadery – comes in a blue bottle, and I really like their juniper mead
- Sky River Mead
You may have to go to a specialty beer or wine store to find mead, but also check the Port section in wine at in your local grocery store.
As far as finding honey to make mead, start with your local farmer’s market. Also, you might be able to find local honey via associations. For instance, Washington State Beekeepers Association is broken down into regional clubs. There is also a National Honey Board that has a Honey Locator website that lets you search by type of honey or by state.
One other thing I should mention about drinking mead or any alcoholic beverage with honey in it is that it gives horrible hangovers, so be careful with this stuff.