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First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix, Arizona, Serves Mead

First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix, Arizona, Serves Mead

“Mead, a fermented honey drink believed to have originated as early as 6500 BCE, is mentioned in the oldest surviving poem written in the Old English language (Beowulf), and can also be seen sloshing from goblets in Game of Thrones. When Superstition Meadery started fermenting honey in Prescott in 2012, mead’s presence in Arizona was […]

Father, son open Oppegaard Meadery in Tukwila, Washington

Father, son open Oppegaard Meadery in Tukwila, Washington

““Ten years ago, there were probably a handful of meaderies in the country maybe 10 – maybe not even that,” Rob said. “Now there are over 300 and many more coming up. It is the fastest alcohol sector growth area in the past three or four years.” In the Pacific Northwest, mead has caught on […]

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Familiar brands pop inside Wisconsin’s soda scene

Familiar brands pop inside Wisconsin’s soda scene

“Rassel was approached a few years ago by someone interested in purchasing the trademark to the brand. At the time, the company wasn’t doing anything and Rassel knew he would need to make some product available to keep the trademark registered. He’d also talked with his uncle, the company’s fourth-generation owner, over the years about […]

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Hart’s Soda Shop has launched a GoFundMe to save business (NC)

Hart’s Soda Shop has launched a GoFundMe to save business (NC)

““It pains me to ask for help as everyone has been so supportive of the business from the start,” she said on her ‘Save the Soda Bus’ fundraising page. “But without your help, I will lose the store front and the Soda Bus.” Urquhart told me yesterday that speaking publicly about the issues she was facing […]

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Fizzy Waters feeling at home in downtown Duluth (MN)

Fizzy Waters feeling at home in downtown Duluth (MN)

“From 1919 and Sprecher root beers to Boylan cream sodas and Joia sodas brewed with herbs and spices, Fizzy Waters marks another entry in Duluth’s growing craft scene, as many of the bottled and tap offerings are made regionally or by small-scale craft soda producers. “Already there’s such a strong craft beer industry,” Smith said. […]

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Alcoholic seltzer finds growing market of health-conscious drinkers

Alcoholic seltzer finds growing market of health-conscious drinkers

“”It’s so refreshing that I think it really has staying power,” O’Neill, 28, said. “We have a culture of people who are looking for alternatives to what they’re currently consuming that fit more in balance with their lifestyles.” The hard-seltzer brands arrive at a time when consumers are increasingly in tune with their health and […]

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Hops-flavored craft soda has the ‘IPA aftertaste’ without the hangover

Hops-flavored craft soda has the ‘IPA aftertaste’ without the hangover

“A team of Chicago-based t-shirt printers and part-time “soda enthusiasts” collaborated to make non-alcoholic Hop Pop, a hops-flavored soda that can function as a standalone craft beverage or as a cocktail mixer.” Read more here: Hops-flavored craft soda has the ‘IPA aftertaste’ without the hangover

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Learn How to Brew Your Own Mead at Home (LifeHacker)

Learn How to Brew Your Own Mead at Home (LifeHacker)

“In this video from the Make: YouTube channel, Jim Austin shares a simple mead recipe that takes a long time to brew, but is a great starting point for first brewers. Start by pre-warming the honey to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit in a low-temp oven or a warm water bath, and while it warms make […]

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Why the Stone Age could be when Brits first brewed ale

Why the Stone Age could be when Brits first brewed ale

“Few would dispute that heather ale has been made for centuries in Scotland. It has even been romanticised in a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. We are also more or less certain that British brewing of some form was going on as far back as the Romans and that mead – a fermented honey drink […]

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Mead: Nectar of the gods reborn (Utica Observer-Dispatch)

Mead:  Nectar of the gods reborn (Utica Observer-Dispatch)

“Mead is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages, but until recently, the beverage that once had been the chosen drink of royalty had fallen out of favor. “Even though it’s the oldest, it’s also the newest,” Joe Kappler said.” Read more here: Nectar of the gods reborn

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Mead starts to shed its wenches-and-jousting image

Mead starts to shed its wenches-and-jousting image

“The source of my bias was a Renaissance festival I attended years ago. I expected to love it; after all, I’d read “The Chronicles of Narnia” at least five times. I can wench with the best of them. When we went, my friends and I bought cups of mead and “medieval” food (crusaders apparently got […]

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Beer Me: Fermented Honey (Read more at Dirt Rag)

Beer Me: Fermented Honey (Read more at Dirt Rag)

“Mead was the foremost product of these far-north brewers, but as barley-based beer brewing took hold, malt, honey and hops sometimes landed in the same kettle. The results of such recipes were called braggots, or beers made in combination with honey. Also common in the old days were cysers, or apple ciders built upon a […]

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