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Erin Rosar
 
October 15, 2014 | Beer | Erin Rosar

Fantastic Fall Drinks - Mead

 

Mead is created by fermenting honey and water with yeast. There are many different varieties of mead available, depending on the type of honey used, the type of yeast used, and of course if any spices or fruits were added during the fermentation process. Mead has a long and fascinating history in Europe and Africa – some say mead pre-dates beer.

Fun fact: Mead was traditionally a very popular gift for newlyweds, meant to be drunk each day of the first month of marriage (the ‘honey-moon’), and the mead was said to ensure that the couple would be blessed with sons.

Alberta has one of the best honey-producing markets in North America – we are proud to stock products from 3 Alberta meaderies, each within about a two-hour drive from Calgary.

Chinook Arch Meadery

Located just outside Okotoks, Alberta, Chinook Arch was the first meadery in Alberta. You can visit their facility to see the bees and enjoy a free mead tasting!

Fallen Timber Meadery

Fallen Timber Mead is created from honey collected from hives placed along a narrow band at the eastern edge of the foothills. This gives the bees access to a wide variety of wildflowers and clover that cover the hills, and results in some spectacular mead.

Spirit Hills Honey Winery

Located in Millarville, Alberta, Spirit Hills turns all of the honey they produce in to mead (or ‘honey wine’), and they have several different varieties to choose from, including dandelion honey wine and wild rose honey wine.

There are a few different types of mead – Dave the Beer Guy has split them up in to these easy to understand categories:

Basic Mead – honey, water, and yeast

  • Fallen Timber Traditional
  • Chinook Arch Melissa’s Gold

Melomel – mead with fruit added

  • Chinook Arch Black & Blue
  • Fallen Timber Saskatoon Mead

Metheglin – mead with spices added

  • Fallen Timber Cinnamon Mead
  • Chinook Arch ‘Fire & Spice’.
  • Note: In between Melomel and Metheglin are two of the most popular honey wines from Spirit Hills – the Dandy (dandelion honey wine), and Alberta Red.

Fortified Mead

  • Fallen Timber Pyment - a blend of honey wine and merlot grapes
  • Chinook Arch Winter Bliss – mead and strawberry port

Braggot – a blend of beer and mead

  • The meaderies in Alberta are working on this! In the meantime, for something similar, you can try the Fallen Timber Hopped Mead.

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