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Superstition Meadery is one of the many meaderies at the forefront of the growing mead industry in the US. (Right) Fermented with honey, mead is said to be the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world.
Superstition Meadery is one of the many meaderies at the forefront of the growing mead industry in the US. (Right) Fermented with honey, mead is said to be the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world.

Mead: The oldest alcoholic drink in the world

By MICHAEL CHEANG
star2.com

The ancient Greeks drank it. The Norse gods supposedly drank it. Ancient civilizations in Asia, Europe, Africa, and America drank it.

Mead is arguably THE oldest alcoholic beverage in the world, and no matter where you are from, there is a high chance that your ancestors were drinking mead, said Jeff Herbert of Superstition Meadery in the United States.

“From Asia to Europe to Africa, mead is known as the oldest fermented beverage. Mead is intertwined with history, religion and mythology, so one can drink with their ancestors and enjoying mead becomes an experience!” he said in an email interview.

However, although mead has a long, long history, it has fallen far, far behind beer and other beverages in these modern times. But that’s changing though. According to the American Mead Makers Association, there used to be only 30 commercial meaderies in the US, but that has increased to about 300 in 2016.

It’s a boom likened to that of craft beer in the 1990s, and Superstition Meadery is one of the meaderies at the forefront of this growing industry.

All the same, Herbert said that a majority of people have never heard of mead, so a lot of education is still needed to grow the industry. “We usually start by telling new customers that mead is a wine made from honey. This seems to set a point of reference, and this is quite legally accurate,” he says.

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