What is Mead?:
Considered the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world, Mead is a fermented beverage made from honey. Just as grapes are to wine, malt is to beer, and apple cider is to hard cider - honey is to Mead.
What are the different types of Mead?
For the context of this sheet, think of our products in 2 categories:
Session Mead: Our session Meads come in cans and are lightly carbonated. These will always be under 7% ALC/VOL
Wine Strength Mead: Unless otherwise noted, we denote a wine strength Mead as being over 7% ALC/VOL Traditional Mead: These are wine strength Meads that only use Honey as the main flavor profile For additional information, this goes over the various styles even further. batchMead.com/blog/different-types-Mead
Is Mead Sweet?
Mead does not have to be sweet. We make both dry and sweet Meads and balance them just as any winemaker would. Our session Meads are lightly sweetened for balance where our wine strength Meads are sweetened based on their intended style.
Why Should I Try Mead?
Session Mead: We believe that our take on Session Meads provides an excellent alternative for those who enjoy Beer, Hard Cider, and Hard Seltzer. We like to think of them as “Premium Honey Spritzers'' that are light, crisp and crushable. Our Session Meads are lightly carbonated, gluten free, and only slightly sweetened for balance so they deliver excellent flavor, without the bloat - all while being crafted from the best ingredients on earth.
Wine Strength Mead: If you like honey, then you will enjoy our Wine Strength Meads! As we expand our portfolio, we will have a Mead for you regardless if you like dry Reds, bright Whites, elegant Rosés, or luscious dessert wines.
Why is it so expensive?:
Mead has always been associated with royalty, as Honey has always been a valuable commodity throughout the ages. Honey is also the most expensive (and most eco-friendly) fermentable sugar on the planet; and rightfully so! An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime, and some of our Meads take multiple pounds of honey per gallon to produce. We use quality ingredients in all of our products which makes our products more expensive.
Why isn't Mead more popular?
To simplify our answer, we can think of a few main reasons:
1. Mead is more expensive to produce than beer or wine.
2. Advances in Modern Mead Making techniques have enabled Mead to be enjoyed much faster than in the past, which added to its cost to make. With this said, some meads can still bulk age for years based on style.
3. During World War II, Nazi Germany destroyed most of the Meaderies in Europe, which lost generations of expertise, and barrels of meads that were over 100 years old!
What is the Shelf Life of Mead?
Mead stores very well. We recommend enjoying our session Meads within 12 months where our Wine Strength Meads can be cellared for years to come!
Is Mead Gluten Free?
All of our Meads are Gluten Free! There are certain styles of Mead that contain Gluten - specifically Braggot (Beer/Mead Blend) and Mead stored in Beer Barrels.
Is Mead Carbonated?
Our Session Meads (the one in cans) are lightly carbonated . Our Wine Strength Meads are not carbonated, unless specifically denoted on their label.
At What Temperature Should I Serve Mead?
Session Mead: We recommend serving our session Meads the same way you would serve a Pilsner - about 38-40 degrees F.
Wine Strength Mead: We recommend serving out wine-strength Meads at White Wine serving temperatures, about 45-50 degrees F. If it is something else, we will note it on the label.
How Should I Store Mead? We recommend Storing our Session Meads in the refrigerator and our Wine Strengths in a cool, dark place - or wine fridge.