History of Mead

 Join us in just a few

Myths About Mead.

If you like mead as much as we love it, you might want to delve into its rich history. First, you might ask what is mead? Mead is a naturally gluten-free alcoholic drink derived from the fermentation of honey. Because of its versatility, history is littered with references to the drink.

You can find mead, or honey-wine, throughout myths as a drink that gave the drinker wisdom or poetic inspiration. Mead was traditionally used in celebratory and daily activities throughout medieval Europe, from Vikings, to Celts, to Ancient Greeks, and has been traced to use well before then. We have found evidence of mead in use by many cultures throughout the world. [1] Commonly, “the ancients thought mead had magical and sacred properties and would prolong life, bestow health, strength, virility, re-creative powers, wit and poetry.” [2]  Even the word ‘honeymoon’ owes its origin to mead as “mead was drunk in great quantities at weddings and then after the ceremony nuptial couples were given a month’s supply of mead.” [3]

Furthermore, the process behind mead even gave birth to a modern fan-favorite: wine. [4] As with any subject worth its salt, mead merits further research. Below, you will find just a few launching points to get started.

CC0 Public Domain | Free for commercial use | No attribution required | Dirleton Castle [side entrance] | Scotland
CC0 Public Domain | Free for commercial use | No attribution required | Dirleton Castle [side entrance] | Scotland

Other Resources:

Irish Examiner

Hurstwic – The Mead of Poetry

Wikipedia

American Mead Makers Association

GotMead

Storm the Castle

Medovina

Pollen Angels

Endnotes and Citations

[1]

http://www.pollenangels.com

[2]

http://www.irishexaminer.com

[3]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeymoon and Botham, Noel (2006). The book of useless information (1st ed.). New York: Berkley Pub. Group. p. 64. ISBN 9781101203255. Retrieved 1 October 2014.

[4]

http://www.medovina.com/history.htm

 

Back to Top.