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Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages
Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages

Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages

December 14, 2014 7:46 AM ET
By Bonny Wolf
National Public Radio – Weekend Edition

Mead was a favorite drink of ancient Egyptians and Vikings, and it’s been making a comeback — updated for the 21st century.


If you’ve been yearning for a cup of mead ever since you read Beowulf in high school – and who hasn’t, really? – this could be your moment. The honey wine is once again the bee’s knees. WEEKEND EDITION food commentator, Bonny Wolf, explains.

BONNY WOLF, BYLINE: Until recently, you had to go to the Renaissance festival for a mead fix – medieval wenches serving the honeyed drink that’s a little like wine and a little like beer. Now the so-called nectar of the gods is the fastest growing segment of America’s alcoholic beverage industry. Not since the middle ages has so much mead been quaffed. Mead is the oldest-known fermented beverage. Traces were found in King Midas’ cage. Pliny the Elder gives a recipe involving rainwater, honey and the rising of the dog star. Now mead is back in a big way.

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