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.

National Honey Board Holds Virtual Honey R&D Summit

National Honey Board Holds Virtual Honey R&D Summit

The National Honey Board will host a virtual Honey Summit for food and beverage product developers and marketers, and we encourage you to invite any potential or existing customers to the event to learn more about honey. The ideal attendee is anyone who is involved with marketing or new product development at a large food or non-alcoholic beverage company.

10-20-20 Roger Wanner and Joe Abruzzo – W A Meadworks – Expanding Production and Making Great Meads

10-20-20 Roger Wanner and Joe Abruzzo – W A Meadworks – Expanding Production and Making Great Meads

10-20-20 Tonight at 9PM ET GotMead Live will be talking with Roger Wanner and Joe Abruzzo, owners of W A Meadwerks on Long Island in New York. They bill themselves as ‘two guys making mead’. But it’s more than that. They bootstrapped a meadery out of almost nothing, and are rapidly growing their place, even with all the problems from being in the middle of COVID.

10-13-20 Time for Cysers! Gold Medal winners Adam Bystrom, Allen Martin, and Kevin Meintsma

10-13-20 Time for Cysers! Gold Medal winners Adam Bystrom, Allen Martin, and Kevin Meintsma

10-13-20Tonight on Gotmead Live at 9PM ET, it’s Fall (at least on the calendar, lol) and our minds are on cysers. Crisp fall evenings, cool temps, and a nice cyser, maybe around the fire with friends. What could be better?

Over the last several shows, we’ve had a lot of folks asking about oaking meads, and so we’re going to talk about that tonight. Adam has been experimenting with oaking for a long time, and gave a talk at MeadCon 2018 with Rocky Mountain Barrels on oak.

9-29-20 Adam Crockett – Haymaker Meadery – Oaking Mead

9-29-20 Adam Crockett – Haymaker Meadery – Oaking Mead

9-29-20 9-29-20 Tonight on Gotmead Live at 9PM ET, we’re meeting with Adam Crockett of Haymaker Meadery to talk about oaking meads.

Over the last several shows, we’ve had a lot of folks asking about oaking meads, and so we’re going to talk about that tonight. Adam has been experimenting with oaking for a long time, and gave a talk at MeadCon 2018 with Rocky Mountain Barrels on oak.

9-22-20 Keith Seiz and Alison Wuebbels – National Honey Board

9-22-20 Keith Seiz and Alison Wuebbels – National Honey Board

9-22-20 Tonight on Gotmead Live at 9PM ET, we’re looking forward to talking with Keith Seiz and Alison Wuebbels with the National Honey Board. We’ll be finding out what the Honey Board has been up to, and talking about their Honey20 Project, the Mead Crafters Competition (2nd year!), and the Honey Spirits Competition, as well as their other involvement with honey in craft beverages.

9-15-20 Brian Wing – Green Bench Brewing, Cody Lenz and Joe Leigh – Florida Mead

9-15-20 Brian Wing – Green Bench Brewing, Cody Lenz and Joe Leigh – Florida Mead

9-8-20 Tonight on Gotmead Live at 9PM ET, we’re bringing back Sergio, and we’re going to turn him and Kevin loose on session meads. So we’re going to talk *more* on session meads. Since it’s a hot topic both for home and commercial mead makers, and as a mead making approach seems to be approaching one of the most popular styles, we’re going to dig further into it.