Wine can indeed be made without grapes; when you do it with honey you’ve got mead. And even though mead is made with honey, not all meads are super sweet—often the brew is fermented with other fruits and herbs so the end result can be very dry and tart, depending what the brewer is going for. Almost every early civilization has made some form of mead, making it the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage, and today it’s the fastest growing segment of the alcohol market. There’s a huge range of flavors of mead, which is why it can be so interesting to taste and learn about.
This Sunday August 5th, five NY meaderies will come together at Honey’s (93 Scott Avenue) for a mini mead fest where they’ll celebrate the bee-inspired bev by offering free samples, and sharing tips with home brewers. Mead Day includes interactive workshops for aspiring meadmakers, as well as tastings by five local NY meaderies: 810 Meadworks, Honey’s own Enlightenment Wines, Salt Point Meadery, All Wise Meadery and Mysto Mead.
From the organizers: “From sour meads, to sparkling meads to black currant and botanical meads, New York is making some of the best honey wine in the country. Come taste for yourself!” The free event starts at 12pm for industry folk and 2pm for the public, and will be hosted inside Enlightenment Wines’ meadery among working fermentation tanks and oak barrels, right next to their tasting room/bar Honey’s.
Enlightenment Wines, Bushwick’s artisanal meadery and an integral part of cocktail bar Honey’s (93 Scott Ave) is currently seeking a beekeeper. Details below:
Working with master hive designer and all around super smart guy Tim O’neal, we are one step away from building a very cool observation hive at Honey’s. That means you can watch the bees in their hive, but they can also fly outside. However we will need help maintaining it. We are open to a variety of barter options on the subject, including trading for space on our rooftop for even more bees of said helper, plus the obvious drink options. However said helper needs to have experience with hives and to come regularly to visit. Serious inquiries only. Send an email to [email protected]com. Spread the word!
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When you think of mead, or honey wine, you might think of a sweet basement brew that a relative gifted to your parents, which they kindly accepted and then promptly dumped out. Bushwick’s artisanal meadery Enlightenment Wines and bar Honey’s (93 Scott Ave.) is seeking to open peoples’ eyes and tastebuds to what should come to mind for mead. They’re the new generation of honey wine: well-made, natural, herbal, local, and very, very drinkable. And because they’re all natural, there’s evidence that you’ll have less of a hangover, too.
Mead is created when you ferment honey with water, then combine it with herbs, fruits, spices, grains or hops. It tastes a lot like what most people call wine, but it isn’t grape wine. It’s honey wine. But similar to grape wine, mead can be still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling, dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. Continue reading →