What is Mead?
Just as fermented grapes gets you wine, and fermented hops gets you beer, fermented honey will get you a sweet tasteful batch of mead!
In more detail, mead is a drink created by fermenting honey and water, often with added fruits, spices, grains or hops as chosen by the artisan. The alcohol content ranges from 8% to 16% (sometimes higher). The beverage can be sparkling, carbonated, or still and tailored to be dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. Mead is the oldest alcoholic beverage known to humanity, older than even wine or beer. Once upon a time this wine was rare and so reserved primarily for kings and queens. Afterall, it was difficult at best to procure the ingredients safely, that is until the advent of beekeepers. Historically, mead was so prized that it was purchased for newlyweds as a blessing. It was considered an aphrodisiac, and enough was provided to the couple to last a lunar cycle, hence the term "honeymoon". Despite all of this, after thousands of years of countless happy consumers, mead fell off the worlds radar. It was resigned to being associated with renaissance fairs and Viking lore, but that is not fair as mead predates them both. Today, mead is reentering the mainstream with a vigor-being rediscovered by the public and embraced. It is taking the world by storm!