Mead is one of the oldest fermented alcoholic beverages known to man-kind, but it’s popularity has been only really prominent to the beverage’s inner-circle of fans. Due to the popularity of beer and cider, this ancient brew hasn’t been in the “main” highlight for a while now, but now a few places around the Pacific Northwest are popping up giving the public a demand of thirst for it. This beloved honey wine is making a comeback.
With companies like Oppegaard Meadery, Wyrd Leather and Mead, Aesir Meadery, and Oran Mor Artisan Mead scattered up and down the West Coast, folks can now do a “Mead Tour” and visit all of these small batch meaderies that are holding onto the true roots of the beloved beverage. Every one of these companies (and probably a few others out there too) are run by down to earth people who are truly dedicated to the craft.
Last October, Nectar Creek, a company that specialized in session meads, closed it’s operations after seven years in the business.
“With much sadness we are writing to let you all know that Saturday October 5th, 2019 will be the last day our Tap Room will be open and Nectar Creek will be operational.
We started this company seven years ago with the mission to grow the mead category and have a positive impact on the communities, environment, and people we interact with while operating our business. Although this is not the way we hoped things would end, we can look back and feel nothing but appreciation as we reflect on the endless support we have gotten and the excitement around Nectar Creek. We want to say thank you to all our employees, to all our customers, all of our dedicated fans and all of our business partners. Without their dedicated support we would not be able to look back on the past seven years and reflect on them as a success. Thank you to everyone who has put their heart and soul into Nectar Creek and made it possible for us to have achieved
To celebrate, we will have delicious mead, amazing food and great people in our Tap Room all week. Come by to stock up on mead, find some specialty products and bottles for sale and join us for a culmination of tears and joy ending with a big party on Saturday!
Lots of love to you all for making what we have been able to accomplish possible!“
Mead is the combination of honey, water, and yeast but there a variety of subcategories of the beverage. This drink comes in all forms.
The rising popularity of this beverage can also be traced to hit TV shows such as Game of Thrones and Vikings, as well as being extremely popular at renaissance faires and SCA events. Mead definitely has a long history though for sure!
“Probably the world’s oldest alcoholic drink, mead is essentially fermented honey and water and has a long and glorious history. It is referenced in the ancient cultures of China, India, Greece and Egypt. The earliest documentary evidence suggest that a fermented honey beverage was drunk in India some 4000 years ago”-Irishexaminer.com
By supporting mead you are buying and consuming a product made from honey, which in turn helps the industry fight against the decline of honey bees. The small insects are responsible for a huge portion of our planet’s food source.
“Pollinators are essential to the production of many of the micronutrient rich fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and oils we eat. In fact, close to 75 percent of the world’s crops producing fruits and seeds for human consumption depend, at least in part, on pollinators for sustained production, yield and quality. The diversity of food available is largely owed to animal pollinators. But alarmingly, in a number of regions, pollination services are showing declining trends.”-FAO.org
Get out there and support small meaderies, tell your friends, enjoy this delicious beverage.