7-13-21 Tonight we’re getting together with Frank Golbeck from Golden Coast Mead and Alyson Schramm Naeger from Schramm’s Mead to talk about the Mead institute, a non-profit they have founded to establish Mead as an industry with a more than 1000 year future.

The Mead Institute was co-foounded by Alyson and Frank to provide resources to mead professionals to enrich the mead experience from production through consumption. They have a detailed view of what they’d like to create with this venture:

  • Getting a tasting protocol published and distributed with the goal of getting prominent wine writers to write about it.
  • Educate the general population on mead terminology, including the process of how it is made and standards for quality.
  • Achieve regular coverage of mead in beverage alcohol publications and media outlets. (“Beer, mead and cider” should be the standard of description for the “craft” beverage family.)
  • Introduce mead as a premium beverage, able to be placed on the beverage lists of premier restaurants across the world and hold its own against the best beers and wines in the world.  They also want to build up a Mead Institute library of premium commercial meads they can send out when needed.
  • Create a curriculum for the education of individuals involved in the many aspects of mead making and sales.
  • Create a scholarship fund to provide education for mead professionals.
  • Establish a honey database – to include GCMS, HPLC and MRS data of major varietal honeys, to document authenticity markers and enable yeast and honey compatibility analysis pre-fermentation.
  • After establishing a mead market nationally, define and enable regenerative honey to deliver on the promise of mead transforming the honey industry regenerative for the benefit of the earth, bees, beekeepers and consumers.

Alyson Schramm Naeger cofounded Schramm’s Mead in 2013 and currently serves as the CEO there.  She is a Certified Specialist of Wine, a Certified Specialist of Spirits, a Certified Cicerone, a BJCP Mead Judge and a Certified Sommelier.  She co-founded the Mead Institute in 2020 and envisions a mead industry that endures and thrives for 1000 years.

Frank Golbeck cofounded Golden Coast Mead in 2010 and currently serves as the President there.  He is a BJCP Mead Judge and co-founded the Mead Institute in order to establish a forum for the Mead Industry to discuss and formalize standards of quality in a professional and transparent way so that the industry can thrive as it grows.

 


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