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GARY GROSS, OWNER and meadmaster at Ethereal Meads a production-only meadery in Battle Ground, uses regional honey and regionally grown fruits to produce delicious, drinkable meads that appeal to beer, wine and cider lovers alike. - Photo by Kelly Moyer
GARY GROSS, OWNER and meadmaster at Ethereal Meads a production-only meadery in Battle Ground, uses regional honey and regionally grown fruits to produce delicious, drinkable meads that appeal to beer, wine and cider lovers alike. - Photo by Kelly Moyer

Washington: A mead renaissance in Battle Ground

Locally produced Ethereal Meads jump on craft beverage bandwagon with a new take on an old drink

by KELLY MOYER
The Reflector

Battle Ground, Washington – If it’s been more than a couple years since you last tried mead, it’s time to dispel all preconceived notions about this ancient, fermented-honey drink.

Yes: Mead used to be a somewhat cloyingly sweet, hard-to-swallow nod to Medieval days that you probably picked up at a Renaissance Faire. But a new generation of mead-makers has reinvented this ancient drink, producing meads that are more like fine wines – light, delicate, packed with flavor and extremely drinkable.

Battle Ground’s Gary Gross, owner of Ethereal Meads, is one such mead-maker.

If Gross’ first two commercially produced meads – a delicate strawberry-cranberry mead that is equal parts sweet and tart and a balanced, spiced apple mead that conjures memories of October hayrides and crisp Autumn evenings – are any indication, the next generation of meads is going to give craft ciders and beers a run for their money.

“Mead is becoming more popular … it’s following on the tail end of cider’s popularity,” Gross says. “But, yes, if it’s been awhile since you’ve tasted mead, you’ll want to give it another chance.”

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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.