The Phoenix New Times
By Sara Palmer
Monday, May 2, 2016 at 10 a.m.
By now you’ve probably heard of Arizona-made wine, beer, and even spirits. But did you know there’s mead being made here in the Grand Canyon state, and that it can be found as far away as Thailand? You can try the golden liquid for yourself at the award-winning Superstition Meadery in Prescott, where owners Jeff and Jen Herbert have produced more than 80 types of mead over the last three and a half years.
Mead, often referred to as the world’s oldest fermented beverage, dates back even farther than wine or beer. As fermented grains are to beer and fermented grapes to wine, fermented honey is to mead. It’s made with a simple mixture of water, yeast, and honey, and as luck would have it, Arizona honey is “the best in the world” — at least according to the Herberts. The couple’s mead, however, seems to support the argument; last year, Superstition Meadery won a Mazer Cup Gold Medal in the Varietal Mead category with a mead made with Arizona own’s ironwood honey.
But the couple didn’t get into mead-making for the awards. They say the business is all about “reintroducing the world’s oldest man-made beverage to mankind.”
With Superstition Meadery, the Herberts are dedicated to sourcing the best ingredients and finding unique flavors. Between the two of them, they’ve traveled to more than 30 countries including cities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America, with the furthest destination being a market in Tangier, Morocco, where they went in search of saffron.
Meadery Profile: Superstition Meadery