So Old It’s New, Mead Enjoys a Renaissance
Michael Sanders at the New York Times has the story on mead, and its growing popularity and reputation. It's not only for the gods anymore:
Put a glass of white wine to your nose, and, with the right winemaker and the right grapes, floral notes rise up. With a glass of mead, it is as if you were holding the flowers themselves.
“One bottle of mead is made from a half-pound of honey,” said Mark Beran of Medovina Meadery in Niwot, Colo. “That’s the nectar of one million flowers.”
Mr. Beran, who started as a beekeeper, makes 250 cases of mead each year from the honey of his own hives. “The honeybee is the mother of the fermented beverage industry,” he insisted.
For centuries, people around the world have taken this most convenient and natural sweetener, added water and let yeast from the open air change sugar to alcohol and, presto, booze.