Mead is a beverage as old as the hills and as new as a shiny penny. Archeological digs have turned up mead-like beverages in burial chambers such as the Midas (yes, that King Midas), and as long as 8000 years ago. Because, hey, you want to take this with you!
And after virtually disappearing from common knowledge with the advent of affordable sugar after the mid 1600’s, mead has made a comeback.
Now, since the last decades of the 20th century, mead is surging forward, and everyone from history buffs to hipsters are getting in on the ride.
Mead can be as sweet as your first kiss, and as dry as an economics lecture. It can be still or sparkling, have fruit, spices, and even vegetables in it to create a beverage that has more varieties than the leaves on a tree.
If you try mead, and don’t like it, don’t give up! Almost certainly, there are meads you will like, so don’t judge it by one taste. Tasting one mead and saying you don’t care for it is like tasting a cabernet and deciding that you won’t like chardonnay.
Gotmead is a celebration and an homage to mead in its many, many variations. If you are new to mead, a wish to taste it, use our meadery directory to find a meadery local to you, and go have a tasting! If you’d like to learn to make your own mead, then check out the Newbee Guide to Meadmaking (updated version out soon!), and grab a free account on the forum, where mead makers from all over the world gather to talk mead and methods and recipes.
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See what is going on in the professional meadmaking world. Or join us on Gotmead Live, our radio show, and call in to speak with professional mead makers, aspiring new meaderies, and influential people in the industry. Bring your questions for our team of experienced mead makers on Making Mead – Back to Basics.
So it seems I am a month late for my latest installment of “So you want to own a Meadery”… Things have been busy lately to say the least. I thought I’d share this post here through FB as well this time.
In the world of mead making, especially amongst those who are new to the craft, there seems to be an abundance of mystery, uncertainty, and just general nonsense surrounding the concepts of a secondary ferment or fermenter. Already you may be wondering what the difference is. My goal is to clearly define what we’re really referring to with these terms, and what really happens “…in secondary.”
6-7-2016 We are off to the Great White North! This episode we will be talking with John Bryans, owner of Munro Honey and Mead in Ontario, Canada (finally A.J. gets the mead!!).
This week, we have Adam Crockett, owner of Haymaker Meadery in Montgomeryville, PA. Haymaker creates ‘modern mead with a folk flair’. They are out there working to change the face of mead, and bring a ‘new view’ to the mead world. We’re really interested to see what they’re going to do!
Tonight we’re chatting with Ken Schultz, owner of Hidden Legend Winery in Victor, MT. And on Making Mead-Back to Basics, we’re talking BOMM and making good mead fast.
4-19-16 Jon Talkington – Brimming Horn Meadery & Making Good Mead-Back to Basics with AJ, Manny and Ryan
Tonight we talk with Jon Talkington of Brimming Horn Meadery, and dig into hydrometers and ABV/alcohol content, ingredient quality and care and feeding of yeast.
Viking Alchemist Meadery actually happened as sort of a surprise, when Robin’s son said ‘lets start a meadery’, and his wife did the research and found that the craft beverage industry was going nuts. On ‘Making Good Mead – Back to Basics’, we’re talking creating good habits.
3-29-2016 – Tonight we’re tickled to have Bray, the creator of Bray’s One Month Mead (BOMM) on GotMead Live.
I asked Bray to give me some ‘backstory’ on his creation, and his answer was classic: “Mead is crazy good, but takes too long. I’m going to have to science the shit out of this to speed it up!”
The Mazer Cup International was held this past weekend (and AJ and I couldn’t attend, whah!!), and before the largest mead-only competition in the world starts, the American Mead Makers Association holds it’s annual meeting.
In this episode, we’re having ‘double the pleasure’, we have both Blair Housely, owner of Etowah Meadery, a ‘meadery in progress’, and we’re bringing back Frank Golbeck from Golden Coast Meadery, this time to go in-depth on what they’re doing with sour meads.
February 16, 2016 – Today we’re talking with Petar Bakulic (Oskaar), president of the Mazer Cup International Mead competition and Mead Mixer public pour.
Feb 9 – Well, it’s a party on Gotmead Live tonight! Because, Mardi Gras (and Tysen needs his Untappd check-in for Mardi Gras). We’ll be talking mead, meadmaking, and anything else that we find interesting.
In this episode we hang out with Nathan and Colin Ryan, brothers in mead at Fallentimber Meadery in Alberta, Canada. Sons of a beekeeper dad, these guys got their honey chops early in life, but headed out to have lives after they grew up.
This week we visit with the guys from Golden Coast Mead. Golden Coast started in 2012 in San Diego, CA and has been kicking butt ever since. The meadery is founded on not just a love for mead, but as a sustainable business, promoting the fact that mead is made using the renewable resource of honey.
For our first show in 2016, we’re tickled to have on the show Amina Harris, Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Mondavi Institute (the fermentation holy grail) at UC Davis in California.
Tonight on GotMeadLive – Guy McConnell, owner of Laughing Leprechaun Meadery, started home brewing beer in 1990 and making mead in 1992 while living in Alabama. He worked in high tech for 30 years, moving to Orlando, Florida and Huntersville, North Carolina before landing in Loveland Colorado where he has resided the past 17 years.
After a tour in Iraq, this National Guardsman started making wine and mead out of his garage, enrolled in classes at Northwest Wine Academy in Seattle, founded the American Mead Association, and is starting his own meadery. Tonight, we’ll meet Chris Webber from Outlanders Keep in Washington state.
Jennifer and Troy Kost, owners of the soon-to-be-open Legendary Mead. They started what is the normal progression for homebrewers…started making beer later in college (who doesn’t?).
Zeb Johnston of the soon-to-be-open Lions Head Mead. Zeb is a beekeeper who started selling local honey at Yorktown Market Days, a Farmers Market in Yorktown Virginia.
COBWEBS and dust were to be expected.
But when twentysomethings Tracey Whitehead and her husband, Don, cleaned out the farm shed, they never expected to find hidden treasure. Lurking behind the long-forgotten piles of stuff were oak barrels full of liquid gold.
The barrels contained perfectly aged mead – a honey wine renowned in Viking feasts and medieval debauchery – made by Don’s father, Rod Whitehead, years before on a whim. The discovery led to what is now a burgeoning sideline for the bee-keeping Whiteheads of Milawa and their family’s Walkabout Apiaries business in North East Victoria.