Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Meet Jessica--she's the greeter at
And what is MEAD you inquire. Jessica can give you the lowdown on mead as she is also the tour guide. Mead is an alcoholic beverage, made from honey and water via fermentation with yeast. Its alcoholic content may range from that of a mild ale to that of a strong wine. It may be still, carbonated, or sparkling. It may be dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. Mead is often referred to as "honey wine."
Depending on local traditions and specific recipes, it may be brewed with spices, fruits, or grain mash. It may be produced by fermentation of honey with grain mash; mead may also, like beer, be flavored with hops to produce a bitter, beer-like flavor. Mead is independently multicultural. It is known from many sources of ancient history throughout Europe, Africa and Asia, although archaeological evidence of it is ambiguous. Its origins are lost in prehistory; "it can be regarded as the ancestor of all fermented drinks," Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat has observed, "antedating the cultivation of the soil." Claude Lévi-Strauss makes a case for the invention of mead as a marker of the passage "from nature to culture." The earliest archaeological evidence for the production of mead dates to around 7000 BC.
How many Medival books have you read that refer to Mead as the drink of the house? Well, now you know--and mead is gaining in popularity. Meaderies are popping up all over the country--mostly small productions but non the less available to drink.
Come on over, we have a bottle chilling!