The Bee's Mead
What is mead?
Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops. The alcoholic content ranges from about 3.5% ABV to more than 20%. The defining characteristic of mead is that the majority of the beverage's fermentable sugar is derived from honey. It may be still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling; dry, semi-sweet, or sweet.
Mead was produced in ancient history throughout Europe, Africa and Asia, and has played an important role in the mythology of some peoples. In Norse mythology, for example, the Mead of Poetry was crafted from the blood of the wise being Kvasir and turned the drinker into a poet or scholar.
The terms "mead" and "honey-wine" often are used synonymously. Some cultures, though, differentiate honey-wine from mead. For example, Hungarians hold that while mead is made of honey, water and beer-yeast (barm), honey-wine is watered honey fermented by recrement of grapes or other fruits.
What kinds do we make?
We started making mead October 11, 2015. Thanks to Bob Johnson, my mentor, we crafted my first batch of mead, a lemonade mead. It wasn't till the following year that I was able to reap the benefits of my patience. I was hooked. I started making more mead immediately. My next two batches were an elderberry and a pumpkin. Now it is 2018 and I just got my licenses to sell mead as a farm winery. It took me 7 months to navigate the process from the federal government down to the town level. I am gearing up for next year with over 10 batches in the works now: Lemonade, Cranberry, Elderberry, Pumpkin, Blueberry, and Peach.
Where can you buy it?
Currently you can purchase my mead directly from me, or at the Natick Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. This market is year round, located on Common Street during the outdoor season and at the Common Street Spirituality Center on Common Street.