From a glass, or a tankard, mead seems to be a heavier drink than beer. However, like all things, enthusiasts exist that revel in the craft and enjoyment of mead. So raise that glass, hoist that tankard, and drain the cup all way down to the bottom, refill and get another in reverence to Mead Day!
History of Mead Day
Delving into the history of Mead Day is like a trip down memory lane. While it was officially recognized as Mead Day in 2002 by the America Homebrewers Association, it has been around for a lot longer. The fermentation of honey and water, mead has been historically shown as far back as 6500 B.C. Many cultures also refer to mead as ‘honey-wine’, although various cultures also differ on that very topic. However, mead may also have spices, fruits, grains or even hops added to vary the taste and body of the drink. Occasionally, mead is even carbonated or naturally sparkling, dry, sweet or semi-sweet depending on the recipe. This means the established mead methods are truly a time-honored tradition, steeped in history and culture. Mead Day itself has garnered a growing reputation, being a way to learn how to make, bottle and even start selling mead for yourself.
How to celebrate Mead Day
Many enthusiasts enjoy talking about their crafts with anyone willing to listen, and even share a bottle with them as they come to speak about their drinks, mixtures and methods. Many enthusiasts get together on this day to swap recipes, methods and stories over a tankard or cup. Usually over the task of making more mead for later consumption, or just to enjoy the process some more with friends and family nearby. Some groups dedicate Mead Day to comparing mead of a certain recipe against other people’s recipes. These kind of competitions tend to be more lax than one might expect, with the brewers themselves willing to share their own exact recipes and methods in order to be reproduced, or find a way to make the mead better. The American Homebrewers Association has a competition every year, where the winning mead is the ‘official’ mead of the next year. But no matter if you are just brewing up a batch of mead yourself, sharing it with some family and friends, or going out to an event and cracking open a keg of mead, enjoy responsibly, have fun and be sure to thank the bees for that honey that is turned into the liquid ambrosia that is consumed during Mead Day!