I went to the Internation Mead Festival in Boulder on the 11th. There were some incredible meads there. According to the literature, there were 97 different meads from 30 makers, each pouring out 1 oz samples. www.meadfest.org
Here's a few highlights and places to look.
One of the ones that really stuck out to me was Makan Meadery's iQhiliji Chili mead (www.iqhiliki.co.za
), made with african birdseye chile peppers. It had this great burn all the way down the throat, like drinking bees. Awesome.
Pasieka Maciej Jaros & CORPO Gadek Rogalski Sp. J. (www.corpo.biz.pl
) had some really nice meads (all aged 6-8 years), but they're not sold in the U.S. yet.
Stawski Imports (www.stawskiimports.com
) does some great polish style meads in Chicago. I highly recommend them, they were one of my top choices.
Rabbit's Foot (www.rabbitsfootmeadery.com
) had a sparkling lemon cyser that was like a nifty lemonade. It was a very nice change of pace.
Dogfish Head craft Brewery (www.dogfishhead.com
) had Midas Touch Golden Elixer, a Braggot (honey/malt) with saffron and white muscat grape designed after a recipe found in king Midas' tomb.
Edit: Fixed broken link for Makan Meadery