Juliana Goodwin, Springfield News-Leader
5:54 p.m. CDT June 20, 2015
Missouri – When Dwight Crevelt, owner of 7C’s Winery in Walnut Grove, opened his winery six years ago, he decided to make two meads alongside his wine.
He expected mead to account for 5 to 10 percent of the business.
“I can’t make it fast enough,” Crevelt said. “We opened with two, then four the next year, then eight. Now we have 10-12 meads a year. It has turned into 50 percent of our business. It has a huge, growing following.”
Mead, made from fermented honey and water, is the world’s oldest fermented drink. It’s sometimes referred to as honeywine, but the American Mead Makers Association says that’s a misnomer.
For the past few years, this ancient alcohol has been enjoying a revival.
While mead sales account for a tiny part of the alcohol industry, it’s also the fastest-growing segment in the industry, according to the American Mead Makers Association. Sales of mead increased 130 percent between 2012 and 2013.