Thursday, August 4, 2022

Latest Buzz in the World of Mead, Volume 01, Issue 07

Greetings my fellow meaders. It's been a minute since the last Buzz but we are back with another issue just in time for Mead Day, which is this Saturday, August 6th. In this issue we have the latest buzz on kickstarting your homebrew hobby, history of the drinking horn, 1634 Meadery, Silver Hand Meadery at the Virginia's Governor's Cup, and National Mead Day plans for Four Brothers Mead, Rohan Meadery, Lost Cause Meadery, Starrlight Mead, Honeygirl Meadery and my plans to visit Honeytree Meadery.

10 Easy Drinks That Will Kickstart Your Homebrew Hobby

Informative article from the Tasting Table mentioning making traditional meads, melomels, and cysers.

The Fascinating History Of The Drinking Horn, The Thirst-Quenching Vessel Of Viking Legend

When we think of drinking horns, most people picture images of axe wielding Vikings celebrating after a battle or your buddies relaxing after a hard day of LARPing in the local park. But in reality, the drinking horn was around for 1000 years before the Vikings.  Check out this article for a look at the history of the drinking horn.

Residents invited to summon their inner Viking on National Mead Day

A flight of meads with different varieties to taste (1634 Meadery photo)
Like most meaderies, Ipswich, Massachusetts' 1634 Meadery will be celebrating National Mead Day this Saturday. 1634 will offer indoor and outdoor tasting flights, a science area with microscopes set up to view bees, wasps, flowers, and more... mead slushies, a chalk art area for kids, free varietal honey tasting, and free samples of Viking Victory Ice Cream made by Down River Ice Cream (21+) “and other surprise fun!”

Silver Hand Meadery Takes Home Multiple Medals at the Virginia Governor’s Cup

Williamsburg, Virginia's Silver Hand Meadery took home five gold medals and six silvers for its various flavors of mead at the 2022 Virginia Governor’s Cup, one of the most stringent competitions in the U.S..

National Mead Day - Saturday, August 6th

As I said in the introduction, this Saturday is National Mead Day and meaderies all over are planning celebrations in honor.  Here is a listing of some of these planned celebrations.
  • Four Brothers Mead invites you to "come celebrate National Mead Day with us at the Meadery! We will have live music all day with Chad Stafford from 12-3pm and Femme Fatales from 5-8pm and The Cheese Shack providing delicious food all day! We'll have our Mead Slushies to cool you off along with our newest cocktail, Strawberry Lemonade (our Strawberry Mead with strawberry lemonade topped off with club soda). We'll also have our non-alcoholic Strawberry Mead for the kiddos! This a free event so come out and enjoy the day with us!" Four Brothers Mead is located at 124 East Main St., Festus, Missouri.
  • Rohan Meadery invites everyone to "celebrate National Mead Day with us! This Saturday, Aug. 6th is National Mead Day & we'll have 10% off glasses & bottles of Mead all day long!Mead curious? Come talk to us & have a no risk flight- did you know on our tasting flights you can mix ciders, beers, wines &, of course, MEADS?! Rohan Meadery is located at 6002 FM-2981, La Grange, TX.
  • Lost Cause Meadery "turned into a triple release day. On top of all the other festivities we have planned, we’ll have three new meads for you. Cloud Fluff will make a return, and we’re releasing two new bottles: Neon Trip (Sauvignon Blanc pyment with passionfruit, sunquats, loquats, and kumquats) and Wee Honey (Traditional mead w/ Avocado blossom honey, aged 17 months in a Peated Scotch barrel). Lost Cause has two locations at Bay Park (5328 Banks St. Ste B, San Diego, CA) and Miramar (8665 Miralani Dr. Ste 100, San Diego, CA).
  • Starrlight Mead announcing that the "first Saturday of August is National Mead Day celebrated by the American Mead Makers Association and meaderies across the country! And we’re celebrating too! For the occasion, we’ve got some fun things in store for you! Mead making demo at 3 pm. Join Ben to see how to make a small batch of mead at home. (And consider signing up for our Beginning Mead Making Class!) Tours of the meadery at 2 and 4 pm. See how it’s done on a bigger scale. A new Session Mead on tap to taste! And sample some local NC meads from other mead makers! We’re sharing the love with our NC neighbors and featuring some of their yummy meads too! Join us for the fun! Starrlight Mead is located at 130 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, NC.
  • Honeygirl Meadery says "MEAD DAY is this weekend! (August 6th) We are so excited! We're doing on site screen printing of our exclusive, locally designed Honeygirl Mead Day t- shirt! Our newest small batch traditional mead will be here! Our new barrel aged mead is going fast! We will be rolling out discounts all day! And last but not least, a brand new session mead that you don't want to miss!" Honeygirl is located at 105 Hood St, Durham, NC.
  • Finally, I plan on being at Honeytree Meadery here in Nashville to celebrate. I haven't heard exactly what Ross, Dru and the gang have planned but I'm sure it'll be fun. So stop by, say hi, maybe go live and most importantly, enjoy some amazing mead. Honeytree is located at 918 Woodland Street in fabulous East Nashville.  Hope to see you there!
This is by no means a complete list of meaderies that have announced plans for Saturday so make sure to check with your local meaderies for more information.

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