by TONY RUSSO, DELMARVANOW CORRESPONDENT
It was a little after 2 p.m. on a Friday when people started showing up at the Brimming Horn Meadery in Milton.
Drinkers have been finding their way here since the place opened earlier this summer, half out of excitement and half out of curiosity.
If you’re confused by the seemingly recent proliferation of mead, you’re not alone.
According to Jon Talkington, one of the owners of the Brimming Horn Meadery, mead is undergoing a meteoric growth spurt that puts what happened in craft beer over the last few years to shame. While mead won’t ever get as big as craft beer, Talkington said it is retaking its rightful place as a stable alcoholic beverage.
Talkington was already a talented mead maker before he was old enough to buy beer.
As a child in rural Ohio, Talkington was fascinated by myths and was fortunate to have a teacher point him in the right direction.
“I had a science teacher, and she had made mead,” Talkington said. “There was a recipe for Simmis in a Scandinavian cookbook that was in the library.”
Sure beer, wine and spirits are all mentioned throughout mythology, but by the time a person is old enough to read, say, “Beowulf,” they have encountered beer, wine and spirits.
Mead is a thing unto itself in mythological literature, Talkington said. A drink of the gods, but made by people.
Meadery Profile: Brimming Horn Meadery