Though mead is an old drink, we are not attempting to recreate what it once was. Our rediscovery of mead seeks to reimagine and reinvent mead, to bring it into current times, and make it relevant for today.
What is Mead?
Mead, often referred to as "honey wine," is the world's most ancient fermented beverage, with the earliest record of mead dating back to Ancient China in 7000 BC. Truth be told, mead is not wine at all, rather it is its own unique category of beverage defined by the fermentable sugars found in honey, whereas wine is defined by the fermentable sugars found in fruit. In its most basic form, mead is three ingredients: honey, water and yeast.
The foundation of any mead is of course, honey, but that's just the beginning. Like winemakers use different grapes in wine, we showcase unique honey varietals together with a myriad of fruits and spices to craft our meads. Rediscover and reimagine this historical beverage with us!
How is it Made?
Honey is blended with water or other liquids like cider, tea, or coffee. The ratio is approximately 1 part honey to 4 parts water.
Fruits (melomel) and/or spices (metheglin) are added to the honey and liquid base.
Yeast is added and the sweet mixture is fermented to the desired sweetness and alcohol levels. Mead alcohol by volume ranges from 8% to 20%. Some meads are aged in wood barrels similar to wine and spirits.
2021 Gold Medal Half Case
2021 Gold Medal Half Case
We are excited to share with you all six of our 2021 Gold Medal-winning meads: Soak Up the Sun, All Blues, Strawberry Swing, Raspberry Passion, Dream by the Fire, and Black Velvet.
Meads simply crafted from honey, water, and yeast
Soak Up The Sun
Musical Inspiration: Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow
A semi-sweet traditional mead made with orange blossom honey. Notes of citrus, peach, and grape. 12.5% ABV
Musical Inspiration: Virginia Moon, by the Foo Fighters and Norah Jones
A semi-sweet traditional mead fermented with Virginia Wildflower and Appalachian Wildflower honey and aged in bourbon barrels. 12% ABV
Musical Inspiration: Shining Star by Earth, Wind, and Fire
A semi-sweet traditional mead made with star thistle and avocado blossom honey then aged in rye whiskey barrels from Copper Fox Distillery. Notes of dried apricot, cedar, citrus, black tea, and vanilla . 14% ABV
Meads flavored with herbs and/or spices
Drops of Juniper
Musical Inspiration: Drops of Jupiter
Semi-Sweet metheglin made with alfalfa honey, juniper berries, and a touch of lime. 14%ABV
Honey blended with apple cider and fermented
Dream By The Fire
Musical Inspiration: Winter Wonderland by Bing Crosby
Semi-sweet cyser made with a honey blend and fresh pressed Virginia apple cider, flavored with apple pie spices and aged in French oak barrels. 12.5%ABV
Musical Inspiration: Zenyatta Mondatta by The Police
Semi-sweet cyser made with Virginia apple cider, Virginia honey, jasmine blossoms, and plums. 14%ABV
Let it Linger
Musical Inspiration: Linger by the Cranberries
Semi-sweet cyser made with Virginia apple cider, blueberry blossom honey, and tart cranberries. 13.5%ABV
Mead fermented or flavored with fruit
Musical Inspiration: All Blues by Miles Davis
A semi-sweet melomel made with blueberry blossom honey and blueberries added in both primary and secondary fermentation, aged in French oak. 13% ABV
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Musical Inspiration: Raspberry Jam by Joe Satriani
A semi-sweet melomel made with Virginia honey, raspberries and passion fruit. 13% ABV
Musical Inspiration: Strawberry Swing by Coldplay
A semi-sweet melomel made with alfalfa honey and local strawberries. 12% ABV