In the last decade, the Canadians, with rising excitement started producing and consuming mead, a sweet alcoholic drink made from honey, water and yeast and known from the ancient times. It is said to be the common drink among the gods of ancient Greek mythology; the Vikings and the well-known creatures of the western European tradition; the mythical dwarves, and the magical wizards.
Mead is one of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages, much older than wine or beer, as it is connected with the so-called “nectar of the gods.” During the Golden Age of Ancient Greece, mead was said to be the preferred drink. Aristotle (384–322 BC) discussed mead in his Meteorologica and elsewhere, while Pliny the Elder (AD 23–79) called mead militites in his Naturalis Historia, and differentiated wine sweetened with honey or “honey-wine” from mead. Mead-type drinks from ancient Greece, were also made in northern China and Ethiopia.
Mead has conquered the Canadian market in the last ten years, while meaderies open one after the other to cover the rising demand for this unique drink.