All the mead? Yes, please.

A few years ago Andrew and I went to Traverse City for the first time.  During our weekend in the city I discovered mead.  It was cheery mead and it was one of the best things ever.  Since that trip I’ve been scouting local stores for all the mead varieties and stocking up at Christmas time when they seem to have more options.  I’ve also been telling everyone about the long history of mead making and lots of other random mead facts. Basically I really like mead and think more people should make it.

When Andrew and I were getting ready for our trip to Traverse City a couple of weeks ago I started googling to try to find out where I had the cherry mead years ago.  Googling resulted in me finding the Acoustic Tap Room.  Essentially a meadery –I didn’t know these even existed!  They specialize in making all kinds of mead and their ‘tap room’ has a cozy living room feel. There was live music, board games you could play if you wanted, and communal comfy seating.  We tried a flight of all the mead they had on tap, nine samples which were served in ukuleles. Yes, ukuleles. Basically it was the best thing ever.

Of the nine offerings on tap I think the cheery mead is still my favourite but I also enjoyed their more traditional honey variety and Andrew seemed to enjoy the blueberry mead. We brought a few bottles of the mead back with us and I’m already trying to think of excuses to make another trip to Traverse City.


Mead Braggot

A few years ago while visiting Traverse City I tried some cherry wine.  I tried mostly because Traverse City is well known for the cherries grown in the region and I figured where else am I ever going to try cherry wine.  It was super sweet.  Okay but not something I’d ever feel the need to try again.  However, when I finished the glass the waiter asked me my thoughts on the wine and suggest trying cherry mead.

I was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.  And put me on a hunt for learning more about mead. Mead is typically a fermented honey based beverage and is sometimes made with various fruits, spices, grains and hops. Trafalgar Ales and Meads is one of the few craft breweries in Ontario that regularly makes mead and you can usually find it in the LCBO regardless of the time of year.

I’ve had their Mead Braggot a couple of times recently.  It’s not as good as that cherry mead – but tasty. Braggot is a style of mead that incorporates hops or malt, you can taste a bit of this combined with a sweet note. It pours a hazy brown with almost no head.  The ale style of a braggot makes this kind of beer like and not quite a great mead.  The ginger mead by Trafalgar is more balanced.

Onward to find more mead.