Mead, the world is oldest known fermented beverage, is gaining popularity with Missouri wineries and consumers. Mead, nicknamed honey wine, is made from fermenting honey and water (and yeast, usually). More and more local wineries are making a vast variety of meads and Missourians are loving them. Have you tried Missouri mead, yet?
Mead can be made in many different styles and sweetness levels. There are sweet meads, dry meads, and everything in between. They can be carbonated, still or sparkling, and they can range in alcohol level as well.
Different styles of mead:
- Melomel- Mead made with fruit additions
- Cyser- Mead made with apple cider
- Pyment- Mead made with grapes (sort of a wine/mead hybrid)
- Morat- Mead made with mulberries
- Metheglin- Mead made with spices such as clover and cinnamon
Several locally crafted meads have brought home prestigious awards at wine and mead competitions. Introduce yourself to Missouri Mead at one of these wineries:
- Leaky Roof Meadery in Buffalo exclusively makes mead and does so in a light, carbonated style.
- Martin Brothers Winery in Hermann also exclusively makes mead, and their tastings are as educational as they are delicious.
- 7Cs Winery in Walnut Grove makes many different varieties of mead and hosts an annual Meadfest event.
- Pirtle Winery in Weston has been making mead for years and their honey wines can even be seen featured at the area Renaissance Festival.
- Windy Wine Company in Osborn makes a rotating selection of some of the most unique styles of mead you’ll find.
- OOVVDA Winery in Springfield embraces their Viking heritage in many ways, one of which is making mead.
It’s time to introduce yourself to the new and exciting incarnations of the world’s oldest beverage being made right here in the Show Me State!