Mead (aka Honey Wine) is making a come-back!
Mead can be sweet or dry & is simply made using honey, water, and yeast and is one of the oldest ways to create alcohol – it is the ‘ancestor of all fermented drink’ . It is also where the origin of the term Honeymoon comes from, newlyweds would drink the honey wine for a full month (moon-cycle) after they were wed for ‘fertility’.
Most people think of a Mead as something that they have heard of from Robin Hood (or the TV shows ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Vikings’ and expect it to be quite dark, rich and heavy on the palette (almost like a stout). Ours is much more refined than that, and is basically a wine.
Mead comes in a dazzling array of flavors; depending on the type of honey, the brewing process used, and additions that can be added: (When fruits or spices are added, mead takes on totally different characteristics).
All Coastal Black Meads are made using fireweed honey – to get this unique honey, Dan (the Bee man!) takes his bees up the mountain. Using fireweed honey means we have a lovely light, natural and earthy taste to our meads. Why not stop by the tasting room and try some for yourself to see!