American mead sales grew 130% from 2012 to 2013.
Those are big time numbers. The American public is really catching on to this stuff, and product quality is better than ever.
We love mead over here at LVHQ, and are totally stoked to see this ancient and delicious beverage finally getting the attention it deserves. Never tried the stuff? Now's the time. Our hive runneth over with brilliant examples of mead in all its forms, from melomels, cysers, and metheglins, to acerglyns and pyments.
Celestial Meads - Now available in 750ml bottles!
A traditional mead focused on emphasizing honey's natural aromatics alongside an assertive presence of oak. Gently sweet, fruity, and extremely aromatic.
Hidden Legend Winery - Now available in 750ml bottles!
Pure Honey Mead
An wonderful off-dry expression of Montana-made wildflower honey flavor. Hidden Legend's best-selling mead!
The King's Cyser
Another wonderful off-dry mead. While most meads get all their sugar for fermentation from honey, this recipe uses apple juice as well (that's called a cyser!). The result is a tart and happy marriage of apple and honey flavors.
Moonlight Meadery - Now available in 375ml bottles!
The first mead Moonlight ever produced. Like many of their products, it's densely packed with the flavor of added fruits. This time around, it's cherries, black currants, and blueberries. Lush and satisfying.
99 on RateBeer!
A dark purple semi-sweet mead balanced with a tart and tannic snap that comes from an addition of black currants.
Rhubarb and black currants are the name of the game in this melomel (that's what we call fruited meads). A perfect balance of sweet and tart.
Kurt's Apple Pie
Moonlight's best-selling product is a brilliant dessert mead made with apples, cinnamon, and vanilla. "Apple pie" is a totally great description! Try it on vanilla ice cream for the best dang float you've ever had.
100 on RateBeer!
A full-bodied semi-sweet mead packed with the flavor of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, and black cherries. So good.
Made with a boatload of red currants, this mead is super bright and balanced, with a pretty pinkish hue.
93 on RateBeer!
Wild keeps things a little more simple--wild blueberries are the only added fruit. But don't think this one will bore you. It's drier than many of Moonlight's other offerings, with a subtle touch of blueberry flavor alongside gently warming alcohol.
96 on RateBeer!
Sap House Meadery - Now available in 375ml bottles!
Sap House loves playing around with locally-grown fruits and spices in their meads. By doing so, they support New England agriculture and create some seriously tasty beverages. It's a win-win. But sometimes, when you want a mead, you just want a mead. A drinkable answer to years of customer requests, Sap House has created a simple, beautiful mead highlighting honey's natural aromatics.
Hopped Blueberry Maple
This mead seeks to find a balanced expression of its three namesake ingredients: Willamette hops, native local blueberries, and New Hampshire maple syrup. We've never tasted anything like it--citrusy hop character and tannic blueberry marry atop a subtle woodsiness from the maple syrup. Wild stuff!
Ossipioja wowed our entire team when we first tried it. It's a pyment (a mead made with grape juice in addition to honey) made from Spanish red wine grapes. It showcases all of the complexity of a fine Rioja and integrates that with the texture and flavor of wildflower honey mead. A great first mead for wine drinkers!
Made with New Hampshire wildflower honey and maple syrup, Sugar Maple sounds like it'll be a sugar bomb. It's not. It's fermented fairly dry and has a nice hit of tannin from the inclusion of a dose of black tea.
At 18% ABV, this is Sap House's most potent mead. The alcohol is well-integrated amidst an aromatic punch to the face that focuses on vanilla without overwhelming the subtleties of the honey that makes up the mead's base.
Looking to learn more about mead? Check out our post over at LV Education.