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Old 08-08-2010, 06:37 PM   #1
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Why is it that everything that says "mead" ends up being apple wine with honey or white wine with honey. I've yet to find a real traditional commercial mead.

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Old 08-08-2010, 07:26 PM   #2
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You are probably looking at the wrong place. I can get probably 25 commercial meads in KC (half from either Pirtle or Redstone). I went to a store in the Twin Cities at NHC that easily had 40-50 including a lot of polish mead.

No matter where you are in the country you probably need to be in a metro and at the best shop to get a good shot at mead. They are there, just hard to find.

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Old 08-08-2010, 07:40 PM   #3
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Check out:

http://www.montezumawinery.com/mtz_o...n=view&ct_id=1

Their meads are about 1/2 way down the page. My wife and I visited them last weekend on our anniversary, I found their mead and t'ej to be very good, but the raspberry melomel was a little like cough syrup.

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Old 08-08-2010, 08:38 PM   #4
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We have a few bars in the area that even offer Mead. I picked up 3 Bottles of Mead last week, a Traditional, Spiced, and a Fruit.

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Old 08-08-2010, 09:16 PM   #5
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I've also heard that there are a lot of federal liquor issues with naming conventions and that mostly only traditional mead can be called mead. Pyments and melomels are fruit wines with honey.

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Old 08-08-2010, 10:11 PM   #6
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Bogus.
I have only found one store in my area that sells mead. It is made by Honey Run Winery in Chico, California. I think it is excellent, but then again I have nothing to compare it to, other than what I am making! Best of brewing!

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Old 08-09-2010, 01:32 AM   #7
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Just because you haven't found them, doesn't mean they don't exist. Hell, we even have one in Detroit that wins awards.



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Made with Michigan wildflower honey. This mead captures the essence of the natural beauty of Michigan. It has a wonderfully complex floral aroma and flavor. We use a ‘no boil’ technique in our mead-making that preserves the subtleties of the raw honey. Aged briefly on American oak for complexity.



Wildberry Pyment
A ‘Pyment’ (pie-ment) is a mead made with grapes. This one is made with clover honey, shiraz grape juice, and natural wildberry concentrate. It is full bodied and semi-sweet. Makes a great sangria or try it over ice as a spritzer. Our most popular mead.



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/\ Good stuff!!

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Old 08-09-2010, 06:19 PM   #9
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Binny's has a whole section of mead. They have Wild Blossom meads, from the south side of Chicago, to Redstone to Jadwiga and many more.

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Old 08-09-2010, 06:29 PM   #10
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Yeah, if you're in Lake Forest, just go to your nearest Binny's and pick up some Wild Blossom.

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