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midas-caudronMead is a beverage as old as the hills and as new as a shiny penny. Archeological digs have turned up mead-like beverages in burial chambers such as the Midas (yes, that King Midas), and as long as 8000 years ago. Because, hey, you want to take this with you!

And after virtually disappearing from common knowledge with the advent of affordable sugar after the mid 1600’s, mead has made a comeback.

Now, since the last decades of the 20th century, mead is surging forward, and everyone from history buffs to hipsters are getting in on the ride.

24532974_sMead can be as sweet as your first kiss, and as dry as an economics lecture. It can be still or sparkling, have fruit, spices, and even vegetables in it to create a beverage that has more varieties than the leaves on a tree.

If you try mead, and don’t like it, don’t give up! Almost certainly, there are meads you will like, so don’t judge it by one taste. Tasting one mead and saying you don’t care for it is like tasting a cabernet and deciding that you won’t like chardonnay.

Gotmead is a celebration and an homage to mead in its many, many variations. If you are new to mead, a wish to taste it, use our meadery directory to find a meadery local to you, and go have a tasting! If you’d like to learn to make your own mead, then check out the Newbee Guide to Meadmaking (updated version out soon!), and grab a free account on the forum, where mead makers from all over the world gather to talk mead and methods and recipes.

Hit our mead recipe area and share your favorite mead recipe, or find a new one to try.

If you’re one of those who dives in deep to master a new skill, then the Patron membership is for you. In the Patron area of the forum and site, there are award winning, proven recipes for all types of meads. We talk about advanced fermentation techniques you can use to get a better mead in less time, and you can hang out with very talented people to talk mead. You can hang out in our chat board, and post your own saga of meadmaking and track your recipes with the mead blog.

Delve into meads’ rich history, and see news on new discoveries, what’s up with the meaderies and goings on all over the mead world.

See what is going on in the professional meadmaking world. Or join us on Gotmead Live, our radio show, and call in to speak with professional mead makers, aspiring new meaderies, and influential people in the industry. Bring your questions for our team of experienced mead makers on Making Mead – Back to Basics.

7-25-17 Steve Piatz – Author of “The Complete Guide to Making Mead”

7-25-17 Steve Piatz – Author of “The Complete Guide to Making Mead”

7-18-17 Scott Schaar – 2017 NHC Meadmaker of the Year

7-18-17 Scott Schaar – 2017 NHC Meadmaker of the Year

7-11-17 Sergio Moutela, Tom Repas and Bob Slanz

7-11-17 Sergio Moutela, Tom Repas and Bob Slanz

6-20-17 Bob Slanz – New York Beekeeper and Meadmaker of Awesome Seaweed Mead

6-20-17 Bob Slanz – New York Beekeeper and Meadmaker of Awesome Seaweed Mead

6-13-17 Oliver Winery – William Oliver – Camelot Mead and 40 years of mead making

6-13-17 Oliver Winery – William Oliver – Camelot Mead and 40 years of mead making

6-6-17 Tom Repas – Meadmaker, Beekeeper and Two Time MCI Winner

6-6-17 Tom Repas – Meadmaker, Beekeeper and Two Time MCI Winner

5-30-17 – Carvin Wilson – Fermentation – No, it’s not a month or more…

5-30-17 – Carvin Wilson – Fermentation – No, it’s not a month or more…

5-9-17 James Boicourt – Charm City Meadworks – session meads and fun flavors

5-9-17 James Boicourt – Charm City Meadworks – session meads and fun flavors

5-2-17 Alex Gonzalez – Honeypot Meadery – doing custom brews

5-2-17 Alex Gonzalez – Honeypot Meadery – doing custom brews

4-25-17 Australia Month Week 4 – Joel Robinson – Hunter and the Harp

4-25-17 Australia Month Week 4 – Joel Robinson – Hunter and the Harp

4-18-17 Australia Week 3 – Sueann Allworden – Thistle Meadery

4-18-17 Australia Week 3 – Sueann Allworden – Thistle Meadery

4-11-17 Australia Week 2 – Sean Johnson – Erosion Meadery

4-11-17 Australia Week 2 – Sean Johnson – Erosion Meadery

4-4-17 Australia Week 1 – Steve Kirby – Stone Dog Meadery

4-4-17 Australia Week 1 – Steve Kirby – Stone Dog Meadery

3-28-17 AMMA Conference/Mazer Cup Recap and more mead talk

3-28-17 AMMA Conference/Mazer Cup Recap and more mead talk

2-28-17 Jason Phelps – Ancient Fire Mead & Sergio Moutela – Melovino talk about making awesome Pyments

2-28-17 Jason Phelps – Ancient Fire Mead & Sergio Moutela – Melovino talk about making awesome Pyments

2-21-17 Shauna LeFave – Mythic Mead – Filtration, Cold Crashing and Mead without Added Sulfites

2-21-17 Shauna LeFave – Mythic Mead – Filtration, Cold Crashing and Mead without Added Sulfites

2-14-17 Southwestern Mead Local Sourcing – Greg Menke – Falcon Mead

2-14-17 Southwestern Mead Local Sourcing – Greg Menke – Falcon Mead

2-7-17 Creating Award Winning Meads without Aging – Billy Beltz – Lost Cause Meadery

2-7-17 Creating Award Winning Meads without Aging – Billy Beltz – Lost Cause Meadery

1-31-17 Making Great Session Meads with Jason Scott Phelps at Ancient Fire Meadery

1-31-17 Making Great Session Meads with Jason Scott Phelps at Ancient Fire Meadery

1-24-17 Jeff & Terri Cheskin – Liquid Alchemy Beverages

1-24-17 Jeff & Terri Cheskin – Liquid Alchemy Beverages

1-17-17 Gary Ellis – Mad Moose Mead

1-17-17 Gary Ellis – Mad Moose Mead

1-10-17 Rob Ratliff – Big Book of Mead Recipes and BtB – Polish Meads

1-10-17 Rob Ratliff – Big Book of Mead Recipes and BtB – Polish Meads

11-29-16 Bob Slanz – NY Beekeeper and Meadmaker – BtB – keeping bees-making mead

11-29-16 Bob Slanz – NY Beekeeper and Meadmaker – BtB – keeping bees-making mead

11-22-16 Kirk Jones – St. Ambrose Cellars – BtB – beekeeping and mead making

11-22-16 Kirk Jones – St. Ambrose Cellars – BtB – beekeeping and mead making

11-15-16 Jason Phelps from Ancient Fire Meadery – BtB – Creating Medal Winners

11-15-16 Jason Phelps from Ancient Fire Meadery – BtB – Creating Medal Winners

11-8-16 Michael Jordan – the Bee Whisperer – BtB – Making Mead from a Beekeeper

11-8-16 Michael Jordan – the Bee Whisperer – BtB – Making Mead from a Beekeeper

11-1-16 Erik Newquist – Aesir Meadery & BtB – Sustainable Meadmaking

11-1-16 Erik Newquist – Aesir Meadery & BtB – Sustainable Meadmaking

10-26-16 Ash Fishbein – Sap House Meadery – BtB – talking mead!

10-26-16 Ash Fishbein – Sap House Meadery – BtB – talking mead!

9-27-16 Honeyrun Winery and Back to Basics – Fruit Melomel

9-27-16 Honeyrun Winery and Back to Basics – Fruit Melomel

9-20-16 Jeremy Kyncl – Hierophant Meadery – Back to Basics – Metheglins

9-20-16 Jeremy Kyncl – Hierophant Meadery – Back to Basics – Metheglins

9-13-16 John Harris of Harris Meadery – Back to Basics – Citrus Melomels

9-13-16 John Harris of Harris Meadery – Back to Basics – Citrus Melomels

9-6-16 Sergio Moutela – What He’s Learned – Back to Basics – Braggots

9-6-16 Sergio Moutela – What He’s Learned – Back to Basics – Braggots

8-30-16 Cellarmen’s Mead and Back to Basics – Dry Traditionals

8-30-16 Cellarmen’s Mead and Back to Basics – Dry Traditionals

8-23-16 Buzzed Bee Meadery – Back to Basics – Berry Melomels

8-23-16 Buzzed Bee Meadery – Back to Basics – Berry Melomels

8-16-16 Queen Bee Brews and Back to Basics: Traditionals

8-16-16 Queen Bee Brews and Back to Basics: Traditionals

8-9-16 Meridian Hive Meadery – BtB – Bochet

8-9-16 Meridian Hive Meadery – BtB – Bochet

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