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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.

Ancient Mead Making Meets Modern Science Part 2: Isolating a Pure Yeast from a Wild Honey Culture (Honey Bug)

Ancient Mead Making Meets Modern Science Part 2: Isolating a Pure Yeast from a Wild Honey Culture (Honey Bug)

Ancient Mead Making Meets Modern Science Part 2: Isolating a Pure Yeast from a Wild Honey Culture (Honey Bug) This article is the second of a series that combine the [...]
Ancient Mead Making Meets Modern Science: Wild Yeast Culture from Honey (Honey Bug)

Ancient Mead Making Meets Modern Science: Wild Yeast Culture from Honey (Honey Bug)

Ancient Mead Making Meets Modern Science Part 1: Wild Yeast Culture from Honey (Honey Bug) This article is the first of a series that combine the ancient ways of making mead with [...]
7-19-16 The Art of Mead Tasting and Food Pairing – Back to Basics – Yeast with AJ, Manny and Oskaar

7-19-16 The Art of Mead Tasting and Food Pairing – Back to Basics – Yeast with AJ, Manny and Oskaar

7-19-16 Mead - the fastest growing segment of the craft alcoholic beverage industry, yet most people know so little about it. Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor, mead lover, AMMA board member and [...]
7-12-16 Arktos Meadery and Back to Basics – When Mead Goes Bad (for real this time)

7-12-16 Arktos Meadery and Back to Basics – When Mead Goes Bad (for real this time)

7-12-16 - Today we're talking with David and Maciej, owners of Arktos Meadery in Grand Rapids, MI. They have 7 meads right now, including a pumpkin mead (that one caught my [...]
7-5-16 Celestial Mead & Denali Brewing – Back to Basics – Backsweetening

7-5-16 Celestial Mead & Denali Brewing – Back to Basics – Backsweetening

7-5-16 Today we're talking with Mike Kiker, owner of Celestial Meads and Sassan Mossanen, general manger of Denali Brewing in Talkeetna, Alaska. This is a new thing, because Mike is selling Celestial [...]
6-28-16 GML is 1 Year Old – Ken Schramm returns and Back to Basics – Fruit Part 2

6-28-16 GML is 1 Year Old – Ken Schramm returns and Back to Basics – Fruit Part 2

6-28-16 GotMead Live is 1 Year Old! June 30 marks our one year anniversary, and we're tickled to have Ken Schramm back with us. Ken was kind enough to be [...]
6-21-16 Ed Nowek from Planet Bee and Back to Basics – Stabilization and Backsweetening

6-21-16 Ed Nowek from Planet Bee and Back to Basics – Stabilization and Backsweetening

6-21-16 We're still hanging out in the Great White North this week, and talking with Ed Nowek from Planet Bee! Planet Bee is a honey farm and meadery in British [...]
What I’ve Learned in 20 months since opening my meadery

What I’ve Learned in 20 months since opening my meadery

So it seems I am a month late for my latest installment of “So you want to own a Meadery”… Things have been busy lately to say the least. I thought I’d share this post here through FB as well this time.

6-14-16 Back to Basics – Fruit!!

6-14-16 Back to Basics – Fruit!!

6-17-2016 - Today we're doing something different. I'm dealing with some things, and didn't have time to get a guest for this week, so we're all about just making mead. [...]
The Mystery of the “Secondary”

The Mystery of the “Secondary”

In the world of mead making, especially amongst those who are new to the craft, there seems to be an abundance of mystery, uncertainty, and just general nonsense surrounding the concepts of a secondary ferment or fermenter.  Already you may be wondering what the difference is.  My goal is to clearly define what we’re really referring to with these terms, and what really happens “…in secondary.”

6-7-2016 Munro Honey and Mead and Back to Basics – Honey Varieties

6-7-2016 Munro Honey and Mead and Back to Basics – Honey Varieties

6-7-2016 We are off to the Great White North! This episode we will be talking with John Bryans, owner of Munro Honey and Mead in Ontario, Canada (finally A.J. gets the mead!!).

5-31-16 Haymaker Meadery and Making Mead-Back to Basics

5-31-16 Haymaker Meadery and Making Mead-Back to Basics

This week, we have Adam Crockett, owner of Haymaker Meadery in Montgomeryville, PA. Haymaker creates ‘modern mead with a folk flair’. They are out there working to change the face of mead, and bring a ‘new view’ to the mead world. We’re really interested to see what they’re going to do!

5-24-16 – Bruce Leslie, President TX Mead Association and Owner-Griffin Meadery

5-24-16 – Bruce Leslie, President TX Mead Association and Owner-Griffin Meadery

5-24-16 - Yep, did it again. This time, I was out of town almost the entire break, a good bit of it in the mountains with crap connectivity, so I [...]
5-3-16- Leaky Roof Meadery and Making Mead-Back to Basics

5-3-16- Leaky Roof Meadery and Making Mead-Back to Basics

5-3-16 Yep, late again. I'm planning to fix that in the next series. This is the last GML until May 24, we are taking a 2 week break to set [...]
4-26-16 Hidden Legend Winery and Making Mead-Back to Basics

4-26-16 Hidden Legend Winery and Making Mead-Back to Basics

Tonight we’re chatting with Ken Schultz, owner of Hidden Legend Winery in Victor, MT. And on Making Mead-Back to Basics, we’re talking BOMM and making good mead fast.

Acacia Rose BOMM

Acacia Rose BOMM

I've made this rhodomel numerous times. This mead is an instant favorite among anyone who loves mead (and to some that don't!). The richness of the Acacia honey combined with [...]
4-19-16 Jon Talkington – Brimming Horn Meadery & Making Good Mead-Back to Basics with AJ, Manny and Ryan

4-19-16 Jon Talkington – Brimming Horn Meadery & Making Good Mead-Back to Basics with AJ, Manny and Ryan

Tonight we talk with Jon Talkington of Brimming Horn Meadery, and dig into hydrometers and ABV/alcohol content, ingredient quality and care and feeding of yeast.

The Perfect T’ej BOMM

The Perfect T’ej BOMM

The Perfect T'ej BOMM I've spent nearly 2 years perfecting my T'ej recipe. What is perfect you ask? Fast, cheap, consistently delicious, and minimal tweaking. I've finally mastered the recipe [...]
4-12-16 Robin Kosoris – Viking Alchemist Meadery and Making Good Mead – Back to Basics

4-12-16 Robin Kosoris – Viking Alchemist Meadery and Making Good Mead – Back to Basics

Viking Alchemist Meadery actually happened as sort of a surprise, when Robin’s son said ‘lets start a meadery’, and his wife did the research and found that the craft beverage industry was going nuts. On ‘Making Good Mead – Back to Basics’, we’re talking creating good habits.

4-5-16 White Winter Winery and Making Good Mead-Back to Basics

4-5-16 White Winter Winery and Making Good Mead-Back to Basics

4-5-2016 Tonight is an interesting night. Many years ago, back in the Sands of Time (like, the 90's), when the meadery landscape was but sparsely populated, I stumbled across this [...]
The Mazer – Upcoming Meadery in Jacksonville, FL

The Mazer – Upcoming Meadery in Jacksonville, FL

Copyright: tangducminh / 123RF Stock Photo Honey mead and cider are joining the craft beer scene on King Street in Jacksonville, Florida. The Mazer, which will feature mead and cider [...]

Christmas Spice BOMM

From Bray: This recipe is loosely based on wayneb's Christmas Spiced Metheglin with a BOMM twist. I believe credit should be given where it is due. I wanted something Christmas-sy [...]

Bray’s One Month Mead aka the BOMM

Bray's One Month Mead (aka "BOMM") is a mead that is completely drinkable in 1 month. It is the result of a series of yeast screen with various ale yeasts [...]
3-29-16 Bray Denard – Bray’s One Month Mead

3-29-16 Bray Denard – Bray’s One Month Mead

3-29-2016 – Tonight we’re tickled to have Bray, the creator of Bray’s One Month Mead (BOMM) on GotMead Live.

I asked Bray to give me some ‘backstory’ on his creation, and his answer was classic: “Mead is crazy good, but takes too long. I’m going to have to science the shit out of this to speed it up!”

3-22-16 – The AMMA and Mazer Cup International

3-22-16 – The AMMA and Mazer Cup International

March 22, 2016 – In this episode we are doing something a little different. We’ve double trouble again, with both the AMMA and the Mazer Cup in attendance!

The Mazer Cup International was held this past weekend (and AJ and I couldn’t attend, whah!!), and before the largest mead-only competition in the world starts, the American Mead Makers Association holds it’s annual meeting.

March 15-Blair Housley-Etowah Meadery and Frank Golbeck on Sour Mead

March 15-Blair Housley-Etowah Meadery and Frank Golbeck on Sour Mead

In this episode, we’re having ‘double the pleasure’, we have both Blair Housely, owner of Etowah Meadery, a ‘meadery in progress’, and we’re bringing back Frank Golbeck from Golden Coast Meadery, this time to go in-depth on what they’re doing with sour meads.

The Mazer Cup International – 2016

The Mazer Cup International – 2016

This year marks the 8th year of the Mazer Cup International. From the humble beginnings in Boulder at the Outlook Hotel, when a half dozen of us got together and [...]
Episode 28 – Petar Bakulic – Mazer Cup International

Episode 28 – Petar Bakulic – Mazer Cup International

February 16, 2016 – Today we’re talking with Petar Bakulic (Oskaar), president of the Mazer Cup International Mead competition and Mead Mixer public pour.

GotMead Live – Hangin’ with the Meadmakrs

GotMead Live – Hangin’ with the Meadmakrs

Feb 9 – Well, it’s a party on Gotmead Live tonight! Because, Mardi Gras (and Tysen needs his Untappd check-in for Mardi Gras). We’ll be talking mead, meadmaking, and anything else that we find interesting.

GotMead Live – Nathan & Colin Ryan – FallenTimber Meadery

GotMead Live – Nathan & Colin Ryan – FallenTimber Meadery

In this episode we hang out with Nathan and Colin Ryan, brothers in mead at Fallentimber Meadery in Alberta, Canada. Sons of a beekeeper dad, these guys got their honey chops early in life, but headed out to have lives after they grew up.

GotMead Live – Mike Tripka – The Domras Cup

GotMead Live – Mike Tripka – The Domras Cup

January 26, 2016 – This week our guest is Mike Tripka, president of the Domras Cup, held in Savannah, Georgia every year by the Savannah Brewers League.

The Domras Cup began in 1999 as a small, club-only competition between several serious local mead-makers.
GotMead Live – Frank Golbeck – Golden Coast Mead

GotMead Live – Frank Golbeck – Golden Coast Mead

This week we visit with the guys from Golden Coast Mead. Golden Coast started in 2012 in San Diego, CA and has been kicking butt ever since. The meadery is founded on not just a love for mead, but as a sustainable business, promoting the fact that mead is made using the renewable resource of honey.

GotMead Live – Julia Herz – Brewers Association

GotMead Live – Julia Herz – Brewers Association

This week we will be talking with Julia Herz, long time meadmaker, and Craft Beer Program Director at the Brewers Association and Publisher of CraftBeer.com.

GotMead Live – Amina Harris – Director, Honey and Pollination Center, Robert Mondavi Institute

GotMead Live – Amina Harris – Director, Honey and Pollination Center, Robert Mondavi Institute

For our first show in 2016, we’re tickled to have on the show Amina Harris, Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Mondavi Institute (the fermentation holy grail) at UC Davis in California.

A Year in the Life of a Meadery Owner – Part 7 (Year 2)

A Year in the Life of a Meadery Owner – Part 7 (Year 2)

Eh what the hell... WHAT I'VE LEARNED IN 14 MONTHS SINCE OPENING A MEADERY I've said it before and I'll say it again, you can't homebrew your way through running [...]
GotMead Live – December 2015 – On Holiday!

GotMead Live – December 2015 – On Holiday!

Yes, it's true, we will be going on holiday for the month of December, 2015! Stop whining, you can use this time to catch up on the episodes you haven't [...]
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