By Katie Pohlman
The Columbia Daily Tribune
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm
A festival dedicated to drinking an alcoholic beverage that has been around for thousands of years is coming to Columbia. Raise your horns of mead and cheer.
Columbia’s first Mead Festival on Dec. 5 will explore this ancient form of alcohol that is regaining popularity in the craft beer world.
Johnathan Breuer, owner of Norseman’s Hall Meadery, is organizing the festival to include information sessions about beekeeping, how to make your own mead and mead tastings.
But first, what is mead? It’s an alcoholic drink of fermented yeast, honey and water. According to the National Honey Board, mead is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks, dating back to the Celts, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. As time passed, wine and beer pushed mead out of many people’s hands. But it is slowly coming back.
Breuer connects with mead because his family has Viking roots.
“We are very Viking-esque, and that’s a Viking drink,” he said.
But you don’t have to be descended from Vikings to take part in the mead festival. Drinks from the Norseman’s Hall Meadery and the Leaky Roof Meadery, 1306 S. Azalea St. in Buffalo, as well as from the Craft Beer Cellar, 111 S. Ninth St., and local wineries will be featured at the mead festival.
Todd Rock, Leaky Roof Meadery’s head mead maker, said mead is its own special kind of beverage, and he hopes this festival shows attendees just that.
“The No. 1 question people have is if mead is a beer or wine or somewhere in between,” he said. “Mead is neither beer nor wine. It’s not a half and half or some weird hybrid.”
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