Originally Posted by Chris7687
I haven't had or made any yet, but mead is "historic" and from what I hear is amazing. I would be interested to see what their old recipes were.
Mead is good, and ancient. It is also fairly unchanged since it's such a simple recipe.
I would bet that some of the historic wines could be good also, although they may not resemble what you think of wine as.
Various distilled fruits would have probably been common. Apple cider would have been a big one if you were in the right area.
All these things were based on what was available local for he most part.
If you were in the Northeast corner of the United States, that doesn't include much grain.
There might be some decent corn based recipes that would be sort of recognizable, but I would bet that most of the brews were nothing you would recognize.
Most folks were barely getting by so importing hops and grains wasn't something that most men could do.