Tom Gosnell has revived a centuries-old brewing practice in the heart of London by creating a mead that carries his name
Interview by Dale Berning Sawa
Saturday 27 December 2014 01.00 EST
I’ve always been interested in home brews; mostly cider and perry. About six years ago, during a trip through the US, I came across mead at a place called Maine Meadworks. I’d heard of the drink before, but that was my first taste of it, and it was delicious. Mead – which is basically fermented honey – is probably the oldest fermented drink. It has a unique flavour – you can really taste the honey and the flowers, but without the sweetness.
When I got back from America, I decided to have a go at making my own mead. Fermentation is a magical process. I also liked the sense of history, and the fact that although it has been around for so long, there isn’t much of it made these days. I wanted to be a part of bringing it back.
I spent a couple of years experimenting in my kitchen in my kitchen and finally, last year it got to the point where I had to either make it on a bigger scale or stop. We first moved into a commercial brewery in London over in Walthamstow, and then when it closed down, we decided to take the plunge and open our own space in Peckham. I work with a couple of friends who help me out, but it’s mostly just me.
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