Medieval No More: Mead Enjoys A Renaissance

Often associated with the Middle Ages — Mead — is making a comeback.

Medieval No More: Mead Enjoys A Renaissance : NPR

Jugs of mead at Brothers Drake meadery in Columbus, Ohio.

With a new meadery opening every year across North America, there is a growing interest in mead. I would like to make my mead making activities into a business such as Brothers Drake meadery featured in this article, but I know it will not be easy.

Furthermore if I want to continue on my present career path, it will be quite difficult to balance my time between both activities. So I have been thinking of restricting any mead making business to be very small, e.g. less than 60 cases of mead a year.

In that sense, this would be more of a craft that I might be able to make enough money to pay for the hobby.

Though the rise in interest in mead appears to coincide with the general rise in interest in craft beers. Perhaps if I am able to tap into the craft or artisan beverage market, however local, I might be able to perpetuate my mead making endeavour!


The purpose driven mead

At this point one may ask the question: “What is the purpose of making mead?”

It is a valid question and one that I hope to answer, particularly for persons of the perpetual ponderous persuasion.

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Get thee to a mead’ry

Since I have been receiving a lot of encouraging comments from family and friends about my mead, I have continued to pursue this delicious hobby of mine.  I really appreciate their kind words, but I do have to take them with a grain of salt and aim to improve the quality of the meads I am producing.  So the talk of making this hobby a business making venture appear to me to be somewhat premature, I personally do not think I am anywhere near ready.  Each of my batches of mead are wildly different, and I have yet to master the art of converting what I have envisioned in my mind and my taste buds into a mead.  Mostly this will involve improving my mead making technique, and the other part will be taste experience.

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