By Vancity Buzz Staff
10:02 AM PST, Wed March 04, 2015
Although grape wine has dominated the scene for hundreds of years, Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery in Abbotsford is reigniting tradition.
They’re a certified meadery, brewing the nectar of the gods and bringing it to the mere mortals of the Fraser Valley. Nestled amidst the repetitive rows of grape vines on the Winery Route on 16 Ave, Campbell’s has decided to revive (and perfect) the world’s most ancient alcoholic beverage.
Mead begins the clock in terms of the history of alcohol. The ancient Greeks had genuinely categorized it as the drink of the gods (think of those Ferrero Rocher commercials but with honey wine instead) and had associated all sorts of fabulous properties with it like health and poetry writing.
In Norse mythology “heavenly” mead makes many appearances and it even has a place in our own culture: mead was long the traditional gift to newlyweds and honeymooners, which is indeed where the term ‘honeymoon’ comes from.
Seeing as honey wine (or mead) is considered the ancient drink of love, it’s only suiting that Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery was started and run by retired couple, Judy and Mike Campbell. They’ve been married for 40 years (this April), but the love for bees was not an instant connection.