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.
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 honey and aged in bourbon barrels. 12% ABV
Meads flavored with herbs and/or spices
Musical Inspiration: Cinnamon Tree by: Esperanza Spalding
A semi-sweet metheglin made with alfalfa honey, cinnamon, and chili peppers. 13% ABV
Honey blended with grapes and fermented together
Pyment 2nd Edition
A semi-sweet pyment created in collaboration with the Williamsburg Winery featuring the Winery's Wessex Hundred Vidal Blanc grapes blended with three varietals of honey: Appalachian Wildflower, Orange Blossom, and Raspberry Blossom.
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
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