Who knew that one of our esteemed customers, Redstone Meadery, was using our blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry purees to make Mead?Who knew that anyone still made or drank Mead? Not me, that’s for sure.
But when Bryan Brown our Export Sales Manager shared this story with me I knew it had to be told.
What the heck is Mead anyway? Well I am going to tell you.
It is a lovely honey wine that has been made and shared since ancient times. Redstone’s mantra is “Good enough for Zeus, Good enough for you”. “It is so ancient a beverage that the linguistic root for mead, medhu, is the same in all Indo-European languages where it encompasses an entire range of meanings,which include honey, sweet, intoxicating, drunk and drunkenness. For this reason it has been suggested that fermented honey may be the oldest form of alcohol known to man.”-Mikal Aasved, 1988.
Mention of it evokes images of heroes and romantic tales, of castle feasts and chivalry. Legends surround it, that of golden nectar, swirling in a goblet chased with silver, with the heady, erotic aroma of honey caressing the senses. Legend has it that the word honeymoon is derived from an ancient tradition of sending a newly married couple off to seclusion for a month with much mead, to ensure their best chance to start a family quickly. Mead has been, and still is, considered the drink of love.
It is associated with Renaissance Festivals and medieval dinner theatre. I had it for the first time in a castle in Ireland in my early 20′s.
Redstone is a very cool story and it is located on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado, a place that I would love to live. Pearl Street and Boulder has it all; a pedestrian street of shops and great restaurants, B&B’s, cool people, a bike trail close by and access to some of the most beautiful mountains on earth. When I first traveled to Boulder on business I started thinking about buying a B&B on Pearl Street.
David Myers, known as ‘Chairman of the Mead’, founder of Redstone Meadery, is a romantic and wants to see mead once again enjoying the glory days of yesteryear. He started the Boulder, Colorado company with the ‘natural philosophy’ that he produce the highest quality honey wine on the market. In keeping with the ‘natural’ approach, Redstone does not add any sulfites, a known allergen, as honey is it’s own natural preservative. And, in keeping with the theme here, Madoko Myers known as “the Countess of Mead” was introduced to Redstone as a customer and wound up marrying David.
Maybe there is something to that “Nectar of Love” thing.