By Debbie Arrington
The Sacramento Bee
California – Catch the buzz about mead at a new beginner’s course devoted to this ancient brew.
Registration is now available for a two-day course, “Beginner’s Introduction to Mead Making,” to be held Nov. 13 and 14 at the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis.
Mead, a honey-based fermented alcoholic beverage, traces its roots back more than 8,000 years. Today, mead is in the midst of a major resurgence as American drinkers, brewmasters and winemakers discover its many nuances, styles and flavorful punch.
Mead still sounds exotic to both consumers and brewers, noted mead authority Ken Schramm, author of “The Compleat Meadmaker” and owner of Shramm’s Meads in Michigan. Shramm will be among the American mead pioneers and experts leading this short course.
“Mead has to be explained,” Schramm told The Bee earlier this year. “That’s a cross we bear. We’ll get people educated. Once they get it on their lips, the rest is easy.”
Mead has proved an immensely popular topic for UC Davis’ Honey Center. Two prior courses sold out quickly. Advanced registration for this class is available online at http://honey.ucdavis.edu/mead. Fee is $500 for early registration through Aug. 31. Then, the fee goes up to $575.