Melo Lion Mead FAQs
We’re thrilled that word is spreading about our honey wines. But there are still so many people who haven’t heard of mead, yet alone Melo Lion mead! So we took a minute to answer some of the questions we’ve been getting lately.
What is mead, I’ve never heard of it?
Mead is the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage, dating back to ancient Egypt. The main ingredients are really simple - just honey, yeast and water. However, other ingredients can be added to create many different sub-categories of mead, such as:
- Melomel: Mead made with fruit
- Braggot: Mead made with malted grain, like barley
- Pyment: Mead made with grape juice
- Cyser: Mead made with apple juice
- Metheglin: Mead made with spices
The flavor of mead varies widely, depending on the techniques and ingredients used. It can be dry or sweet, still or sparkling, with an alcohol content that ranges from 5% to 20% ABV.
Why am I just now hearing about it?
Mead is the world’s first alcoholic beverage, but it fell out of favor over the centuries as beer and wine became more widely available. The difference between old mead and new mead is the science. Today, mead makers like Zeb can control variables such as temperature and the yeast life cycle. By managing fermentation, they produce a high-quality alcoholic beverage that is on par with fine wine and craft beer.
Why is mead more expensive per ounce than beer or wine?
As a fermentable sugar, honey is more expensive than fruit or malt sugars used in beer and wine. It takes 2-3 pounds of honey to produce 1 gallon of mead. That’s a lot of honey, and a lot of work for the bees and the beekeeper.
How should I serve your mead?
Our mead comes in 500ml bottles. We recommend a 5.5 oz pour per glass, which would provides 3 glasses per bottle. Mead is best served slightly chilled, like a white wine. Some purists insist that you serve your mead in a mead horn, but that’s not really our style. We recommend a wine glass or brandy snifter.
What foods pair well with mead?
Like wine, there are as many different varieties of mead as there are foods to pair it with. We always say “drink it with what you like.” Experts suggest that fruity meads be paired with spicy foods or desserts. Dry meads go well with nuts and cheeses. More robust meads, such as those made with apple juice or fermentable grains, are great with grilled meat. Herbal or floral meads are nice with crisp salads.