India’s first meadery has been set up near Pune: Here’s a primer on the ancient beverage, mead
by Mini Ribeiro
Craft beers and the Game of Thrones unarguably have been responsible for the resurgence of mead — the ancient honey-based fermented drink, which was long forgotten. Mead, or honey wine, is making a comeback among tipples, albeit in myriad avatars.
Yet, even with all the brouhaha, odds are you haven’t yet encountered mead in your local liquor store or bar in India. It is people like Rohan Rehani and his partner Nitin, of India’s first meadery — Moonshine Meadery, located between Pune and Lavasa — who are making a conscious effort to popularise it here.
Rohan Rehani acknowledges that craft beers have fuelled an interest in meads. “While the history of craft beers and meads are quite intertwined, interest in any craft beverage in India benefits all the makers of meads and craft beers.”
Endowed with the complexity of a good wine and the creativity and flavour-diversity of a great beer, mead is a hugely versatile and popular drink.
Meadery Profile: Moonshine Meadery