Honey of an Evening!

July 7, 2017

 

Tonight's Pint Night will feature the folks from Charm City Meadworks! They are bringing over their Elderberry Mead.  It'll be on Draft and with a  6.9% ABV, it will definitely start your weekend right! Bitter red berry and warm honey comprise this beautifully colored honey wine. Cheers to the fruit you'd rather drink than eat! 

 

So what the heck is mead?  Charm City has a great bio of the vikings beverage of choice!!

 

 

"In place of grapes or grain, mead employs honey as its base ingredient, and it is fermented with water and yeast for approximately two weeks. By not heating the product during fermentation, it enables the meadmaker to retain the subtle nuances of the honey's original nectar source.

 

Following fermentation, we age our mead for two to four months in oak casks that originally held bourbon whiskey. Throughout this aging, the product is closely monitored to determine the flavors that are both being added and also developed over time. In the case of our flavored meads, our finished product is then removed from the casks and filtered, and stored in large cases called "totes" to facilitate the infusion process, using fresh fruits, herbs, and spices.

The history of mead is a long story of love and passion. Mead has been a drink of choice since before written history, made and enjoyed by the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Inca and Aztec tribes, and of course, the Vikings. It has been referred to as the "nectar of the gods," and has long had fertility (and specifically the birth of sons) attributed to its consumption. The modern-day term "honeymoon" comes from the term "mead moon," an ancient tradition where the newlywed couple would be given enough mead to last a full lunar cycle, in hopes that the wife would bear a son. In addition to fertility, mead is known for its aphrodisiacal and intoxicating properties, making it also the nectar of love and passion."  Not a bad way to start a warm Summer Weekend, along with music by Alexander Peters it will be great night down on the harbor!  

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