By SANDY SEOANE, Valley Breeze Staff Writer
June 25, 2015
BLACKSTONE, Mass. – The oldest known alcoholic drink in the world is making a revival, and now you can get a taste from a fresh batch of the fermented honey goodness right here in the Blackstone Valley.
Millville resident Ken Tubman will open the doors to Crave Mead at 7 Main St. in Blackstone this Saturday, selling bottles of his original mead recipes with flavors that include “pear nectar” and “pomegranate sour cherry.”
A combination of honey, water and yeast, mead is believed to have been around for some 9,000 years, with its earliest roots in China. It is thought to have arrived in Europe around 2,800 B.C. and is frequently referenced in Beowolf, and in literary works by the likes of Chaucer and later, JRR Tolkien.
The drink even spawned the term “honeymoon,” once a practice in which newlyweds would drink mead for one month, or one “moon” after a wedding. If the drink was proper, a son would be born nine months later.
While mead has long been the favored drink at festivals re-enacting medieval life, such as King Richard’s Faire in Massachusetts, the drink is actually believed to have gone out of fashion during the Middle Ages, due in part to the rising cost of honey and the comparatively low price tag associated with brewing grain-based beer.
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