Napa Valley Register
October 16, 2014
by The Register Staff
Four of the leading mead makers in the U.S., along with faculty and staff from the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis are coordinating an “Introduction to Mead Making,” to be held Nov. 14–15, at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis. The event is hosted by the institute’s Honey and Pollination Center.
Mead, a fermented blend of pure honey and water is the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage. Fruits and spices are often added, producing a dry, semi-sweet, sweet or even sparkling mead. This golden libation of the Norse gods, a staple throughout the Middle Ages, is experiencing a renaissance.
Chris Webber, president of the American Mead Makers Association, has over 250 meaderies on the membership list, but there are many more, not including beekeepers and hobbyists who dabble in the art of mead making.
Mead makers developing the course include Ken Schramm, author of “The Compleat Meadmaker” and winner of this year’s Governor’s Award from the American Homebrewers Association; Mike Faul, proprietor of Rabbit’s Foot Meadery in Sunnyvale, Calif.; Michael Fairbrother, owner of Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry, N.H.; and Petar Bakulic, consultant and president of Mazer Cup International, a yearly mead competition based in Boulder, Colo.
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