by Macy Salama
Design2Brew is hosting Missouri’s first-ever celebration in honor of National Mead Day, August 1, in collaboration with St. Louis Craft Beer Week. Though the event is taking place amongst craft beer, Design2Brew owner Stephanie Drilling says the question of what category mead falls under is in constant debate.
“Wine people consider mead a wine, and beer people consider it a beer,” Drilling says.
Mead is the oldest recorded fermented drink, with evidence dating it back to 6500-7000 B.C. — years before wine or beer. Traditionally, mead is only made with honey, water and yeast; modern versions will include spices, hops, fruits and herbs.
Since honey is the main ingredient, similar to what grapes are to wine, Drilling says Design2Brew is the perfect place for the festivities. The wine-making and brewing supply store stocks 26 varieties of honey.
“We have the biggest variety of honey in the U.S. We’ve got everything from Hawaii honey to Mexico [honey] to blueberry and our most popular orange blossom,” Drilling says.