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Beers await guests during the Detroit Free Press Craft Classic beer tasting event on Wednesday Dec. 2, 2015, at the Great Lakes Culinary Center in Southfield. The event featured eight beers and a mead, along with food and trivia.(Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)
Beers await guests during the Detroit Free Press Craft Classic beer tasting event on Wednesday Dec. 2, 2015, at the Great Lakes Culinary Center in Southfield. The event featured eight beers and a mead, along with food and trivia.(Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)

Know Thy Mead

by Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press
12:15 a.m. EST December 28, 2015

Mead is what you get from fermenting water and honey.

Some of the world’s best varieties are made in Michigan, often with the addition of fruits grown here.

It’s known as the oldest of alcoholic beverages, and it’s one of the most versatile.

“It’s alcohol that you can do pretty much anything with,” mead maker Ian Radogost-Givens with Cellarmen’s in Hazel Park told the Free Press in a previous interview. “In its history, it’s touched bases with cider, beer, wine. You can really take it any direction you want to go.”

It can be bittered with hops, sweetened with fruit and also aged in bourbon barrels, among the varieties readily found here.

Cellarmen’s offers its Raspberry Melomel, with bright flavors made with fresh raspberries — fermented using the fruit’s flesh, skins and seeds — resulting in a deliciously sweet and tart product that smells like flowers.

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Rob
A novice mead maker, but a huge mead enthusiast! I'm also the owner and Site Administrator of TheMeadery.net and reside in Manchester, New Hampshire.