So many choices, so many styles. It can be difficult to know where to start with mead. Over the next few articles we are going to explore some of the basics of storing, serving and drinking mead. But first let’s begin with packaging styles and labels in the Ontario context. And this is by no means an exhaustive list or the correct way to package rather just a few examples of what the mead explorer will encounter along the journey
Mead spans both geography, time and culture. It would be difficult to define every category in one place. In fact the best attempt we’ve come across is themead wikipedia article. The article defines many mead variants found around the world. For our purposes and because we understand something better when it is framed in a known context, we’ll define styles based on alcohol categories most people are familiar with.
In this part of the world it is not uncommon for the word mead to conjure up in the mind images of nordic folklore. One can imagine burly warriors in a mead-place or mead-hall merry making with a king. Imagery that surely has been reinforced in popular stories of our time.