Some of Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
What is mead?
Mead is a fermented beverage made from honey! David Meyers, of Redstone Meadery in Colorado, says that mead is “the oldest fermented beverage no one has heard of!” Mead’s history dates back at least to the Egyptians and has been associated with Vikings, medieval castles and Renaissance Faires.
Is it beer? Or is it wine?
Our mead is much closer to wine than beer. Many people categorize mead with beer - in the past it was often consumed in mugs or drinking horns like beer or ale. Mead is also known as "honey wine", even if it is considered a separate and distinct type of alcoholic beverage.
Our mead is created using the same process and equipment as wine. Wine is usually fermented grape juice, but can also be made from other fermented fruits (known as “country wines”). Mead is fermented honey and water – sometimes with fruit or spices added. And just as wine can vary in taste, color and dryness (or sweetness), mead can also vary in style from variety to variety. There are other meaderies that are making beer style meads too - often carbonated and with lower alcohol contents.
And yes, mead is gluten-free!
Where do you get your honey?
Although we have a couple of hives on the property, we buy most of our honey from local North Carolina beekeepers. If you are a beekeeper, we would love to buy honey from you - as raw as possible and in 5 gallon buckets. Contact us here. (Did you know it would take 1040 little honey bears to make ONE of our batches of mead?)
What about colony collapse and the bees?
Bees are taking a hit, but there are many factors contributing to the distress of the bees. If you would like some great information on what is causing this tragedy and what you can do about it, check out this TED talk by Maria Spivak, a bee expert.
What types of Mead are available?
As mentioned above, mead like wine, can range from dry (no sugar) to sweet and have other fruits or spices added. Some common mead terms are:
Traditional - mead made just with honey
Cyser - mead made with apples or apple juice and honey
Pyment - mead made with grapes or grape juice and honey
Melomel - mead made with any fruit (other than apples or grapes) and honey
Metheglin - mead made with honey and spices or herbs
We make several of these different types of mead. Check them out here.
I've never heard of Mead. Are you the only ones making it?
No, mead is a rapidly growing alcoholic beverage choice with limited availability. Currently, there are just over 400 commercial meaderies in the United States with an additional 50 wineries who produce mead in addition to grape wine. The total number of commercial mead producers in the U.S. has more than doubled in the past 10 years and continues to grow. Check out our links page for other sources of local mead!