When you hear “mead”, your mind probably wanders to Viking lore, ancient monks and Renaissance fairs. This “drink of the gods” has been produced and consumed as a beverage for over 10,000 years, and is arguably the oldest fermented beverage in the world (yes - older than wine!). Nowadays, mead is making a different kind of “renaissance” in the craft drinks industry in Alberta—and we’re here to give you the scoop of how this ancient beverage is making a comeback.
What is mead?
At its simplest, mead is honey fermented with water. Sometimes, it is additionally fermented with fruits, spices, grains or hops. It can also be made with different levels of carbonation. Made in a similar process as wine (and often labelled as honey wine(, it can be fermented to varying levels of dryness, from bone dry to sweet.