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HISTORY of MEAD

Mead in Antiquity

Mead is an ancient alcoholic drink. Many claim it is the oldest alcoholic beverage on Earth, and they may be right. Wherever there were flowers, bees, and honey there was probably Mead being made; human beings are very resourceful at figuring out how to ferment any type of sugar into an intoxicating elixir!

Mead remains very popular with medieval reenactment organizations. That said, Mead was also being made elsewhere, before and during the era of the Europeans, the Norse, and the Gaelic peoples inhabiting the British Isles. Mead in its various forms also shares a long history with the ancient Brahman empire, Crete, the Persians, Russians, Chinese, the Chaldeans, ancient Egyptians, ancient Greeks, the Mayans, Aztecs, and many more civilizations (nearly too many to list!)

As beer, grape wine, and distilled spirits gained in popularity, Mead consequently went out of style in much of Europe. There are many reasons for this; however, one country, Poland has kept with the art of mead making; generation after generation and after a thousand years they still make some of the world's most sought-after Meads. Many of them are non-traditional from a purity standpoint (Traditional according to the Polish way of crafting honey wine, though) and have fruits and herbs added to them to balance the massive cloying sweetness of some of their Meads made with three parts honey to one part water! The acidic black currant (cassis) fruit (acid blends weren’t being manufactured early in Poland’s mead making history) has often been called upon for this task. The Polish take their craft quite seriously. And they could arguably be crowned the Kings of Mead making.

The most important thing, however, is that Mead is here now; let's raise a toast to this most amazing ancient Nectar of the Gods!