Joys of mead: Ancient beverage gets modern spin at Lancaster’s Meduseld Meadery
MARY ELLEN WRIGHT | Staff Writer
Mead, a fermented drink made with honey, is an ancient beverage celebrated in Norse mythology and in literature from Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” to JRR Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings.”
At the Meduseld Meadery, which opened Memorial Day weekend in Lancaster city, Willie Wrede is putting a modern spin on this age-old quaff.
At the 40-seat meadery, located in a former tobacco warehouse at Harrisburg Avenue and Mulberry Street, customers can drink a variety of on-tap meads from a glass or even a horn.
Wrede, co-owner and mead maker at Meduseld, wants to expand the reputation of the beverage beyond its medieval and Renaissance connotations.
“I like the whole medieval aspect of mead,” Wrede says. “But now, mead is appropriate everywhere. There’s a style of mead for every occasion.
“There’s been mead at four-star restaurants, paired with some of the finest dishes,” he adds. “Mead can be used in so many different ways, and it deserves a chance at your table.”
We asked Wrede to talk about making mead. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Meadery Profile: Meduseld Meadery