The Mead Journal: Introducing Meridian Hive Meadery!

The Mead Journal: Introducing Meridian Hive Meadery!

Mead Market got a very special delivery this week! We’re proud to welcome three new meads from Meridian Hive Meadery in Austin, Texas to our shelves. Meridian Hive Meadery is Austin’s first and only meadery, specializing in reinventing and modernizing draft mead with exciting new ingredients and flavor profiles.

To celebrate the newest addition to the Mead Market family, we’ll be offering complimentary tastings of Meridian Hive all weekend long. Stop in to get a taste of the craft mead revolution!

Mead: Meridian Hive Meadery (Austin, TX)

Varietal: Discovery (6.5% ABV)

Notes: Made with orange blossom honey, Discovery is Meridian Hive’s original session-style mead that offers hints of citrus, a complex yet balanced body, and a crisp clean finish.

Pairs well with: Grilled chicken or a burger and fries

Mead: Meridian Hive Meadery (Austin, TX)

Varietal: Haven (6.5% ABV)

Notes: Haven brings honey, fruit, and spice together in one harmonious can. This lightly carbonated mead is a bit sweeter than the other two, with a big flavor of fresh peaches. Rest assured that it’s just as crisp, ending on a refreshing ginger note. Oh, and did we mention it won a Gold Medal at the 2015 Mazer Cup, International Mead Fest?

Pairs well with: Grilled cheese sandwiches or Asian take-out

Mead: Meridian Hive Meadery (Austin, TX)

Varietal: Rhapsody (6.5% ABV)

Notes: Bursting with fresh blackberries you’ll swear you just picked yourself, Rhapsody balances itself between an idea if sweetness and sticking true to the dry and refreshing finish that Meridian Hive drafts meads are known for.

Pairs well with: Barbeque or chorizo tacos

 

Don’t forget your growlers! Here’s what we have on draft this week:

Spiced Apple (Hierophant Meadery, 5.5% ABV)
Free Press Cyser (Oregon Mead and Cider Company, 6.5% ABV)
Triple Brett (Nectar Creek, 6.5% ABV)
Black Raspberry Nectar (Redstone Meadery, 8% ABV)

The 2017 Mazer Cup Is Almost Here!

The 2017 Mazer Cup Is Almost Here!

It’s an exciting time of year to be a mead lover! The Mazer Cup is almost here, and Mead Market is honored to be sponsoring and participating in this year’s event.

The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition is an annual event to bring together mead makers (also called “mazers”) from all over the world through a shared appreciation for the world’s oldest fermented beverage. The Mazer Cup began as a way to celebrate all of the diversity that exists in mead making, as well as an opportunity for mazers to meet each other and work together to get mead back on the map!

Don’t forget that this international gathering is also a friendly competition! Submissions are divided into two separate competitions: commercial mead and homebrewed mead. From there, mazers can submit their brews in a variety of categories, including: Braggot, Cyser, Dessert Mead, Metheglin, Melomel, Pyment, Session, and more! A panel of volunteer judges then decide who will go home with the coveted Mazer Cup medals.

Last year a few of us at Mead Market were lucky enough to attend the Mazer Cup. This year, we are thrilled to be an official sponsor! Our retail manager, Cameron, will be an official judge at the event, bringing his expertise in the wine and mead industries.

The 2017 Mazer Cup will take place in Broomfield, Colorado from March 9 to March 11. We hope to “mead” you there!

The Mead Journal: Charm City Takeover

The Mead Journal: Charm City Takeover

The weekend is here, Portland is showing some promising signs of Spring, and we’re celebrating with a tasting takeover by Charm City Meadworks! With inventive, yet familiar flavors (hello, rosemary mead!), Charm City is a meadery with an energy that is inspiring and infectious. That’s why we hope you’ll join us this weekend as we sip on their meads and fill our shop with their energy and inspiration!

Charm City is a meadery based in Baltimore, Maryland. Co-owners James Boicourt and Andrew Geffken began Charm City with the goal of bringing mead out of its viking shadows to remind people that mead is still relevant and delicious! We couldn’t agree more, and think Charm City does an amazing job crafting crisp and refreshing meads using a variety of fresh ingredients.

Bonus! Our friends at Charm City Meadworks were kind enough to send us some of their stellar swag, which we will be proudly showing off as we introduce Portland’s mead lovers to the refreshing taste of four Charm City creations.

Cheers!

Mead: Charm City Meadworks (Baltimore, MD)

Varietal: Original Dry (12% ABV)

Notes: Nothing but honey, water, and yeast in this original mead! This crisp and dry mead pours a beautiful golden color with notes of honey, oak, and vanilla. Best served lightly chilled.

Pairs well with: Grilled chicken and veggies or with a fruity dessert cobbler or pie

Mead: Charm City Meadworks (Baltimore, MD)

Varietal: Cinnamon (12% ABV)

Notes: Charm City’s winter seasonal boasts plenty of cinnamon and warming spices while still being light and refreshing. Notes of honeyed apples in the body before easing into a dry finish.

Pairs well with: This mead stands alone beautifully—sip it while relaxing by the fire!

Mead: Charm City Meadworks (Baltimore, MD)

Varietal: Rosemary (12% ABV)

Notes: An herbaceous nose followed by a refreshing palate with light rosemary notes, soothing into a clean finish.

Pairs well with: Italian dishes, rosemary chicken and veggies, or your next barbeque


Mead: Charm City Meadworks (Baltimore, MD)

Varietal: Sweet Blossom (12% ABV)

Notes: Made with a single varietal orange blossom honey, this semi-sweet mead enjoys citrus and floral notes on the palate, leaving you refreshed.

Pairs well with: Glazed carrots and creamy cheeses

Remember your growlers, too! Here’s what we currently have on tap:

Black Raspberry Nectar (Redstone Meadery, 8.0% ABV)

Laissez-Pear (Fringe Mead, 8.5% ABV)

Triple Brett (Nectar Creek, 6.5% ABV)

Free Press Cyser (Oregon Mead and Cider Co, 6.5% ABV)

The Mead Journal: Tastings This Weekend

The Mead Journal: Tastings This Weekend

Last week, we were honored to welcome friends from San Francisco Mead Company to host a special tasting at Mead Market. We just can’t say goodbye to that California sunshine quite yet, so we’re keeping it going this weekend, too! Stop in this weekend to taste three more meads from SF Mead Co:

Mead: San Francisco Mead Company (San Francisco, CA)

Varietal: Orange Blossom (13% ABV)

Notes: This traditional dry mead was made with orange blossom honey from Ojai, California and aged in French and American oak barrels. Plenty of citrus and oak notes carry through the body to create a wonderfully balanced and drinkable mead.

Pairs well with: Seafood dishes—Pair it with your next oyster night!


Mead: San Francisco Mead Company (San Francisco, CA)

Varietal: Blackberry (14% ABV)

Notes: This blackberry melomel was aged for one year on French and American oak barrels, and it shows! Lots of blackberry and dark cherry on the nose, with notes of oak in the body.

Pairs well with: Roasted beets, lamb, or any mushroom dish.


Mead: San Francisco Mead Company (San Francisco, CA)

Varietal: California Gold (13% ABV)

Notes: Made with raw honey from the Mendocino Forest, this dry mead has a smooth oaky body and resembles a light whiskey!

Pairs well with: Pot roast, roasted root vegetables, or mushroom risotto


Bonus! Choose one more off tap to complete your tasting experience. Also available for growler fills!

Free Press Cyser (Oregon Mead and Cider Co, 6.5% ABV)

Orange Cardamom (Fringe Mead, 8.5% ABV)

Triple Brett (Nectar Creek, 6.5% ABV)

Black Raspberry Nectar (Redstone Meadery, 8.0% ABV)

The Mead Journal: Tasting Takeover by Moonlight Meadery!

The Mead Journal: Tasting Takeover by Moonlight Meadery!

Blizzard storms shook Portland this week, with foot-high snow and bone-chilling winds. Luckily, we’ve been enjoying our favorite antidote for the winter chills: mead! This weekend, it’s Moonlight Meadery’s turn to take over our tasting lineup with 3 of their most warming, balanced meads. Since 2010, New Hampshire-based Moonlight Meadery has been making award-winning meads and ciders using the highest quality ingredients such as unpasteurized honey from True Source Honey. They also offer tours and tastings if you’re ever in Londonderry, New Hampshire!

Mead: Moonlight Meadery (Londonderry, NH)

Varietal: Fling (14.0% ABV)

Notes: A semi-sweet mead with an earthy rhubarb aroma and medium body with notes of strawberry jam and a subtle tart finish.

Pairs well with: Enjoy it solo as a dessert mead, or pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

 

Mead: Moonlight Meadery (Londonderry, NH)

Varietal: Red Dress (14.0% ABV)

Notes: A traditional honey wine made with red currants for a subtle sweetness, this has strong notes of honey, berries, apples, and lemons.

Pairs well with: Heavier comfort foods like Moroccan lamb or beef stew.

 

Mead: Moonlight Meadery (Londonderry, NH)

Varietal: Wild (14.0% ABV)

Notes: This classic melomel pours a deep ruby color and is made with unprocessed New Hampshire wildflower honey and wild blueberries. Lots of berries on the nose with a surprisingly dry body and a smooth finish.

Pairs well with: Creamy and mild cheeses like brie, roasted chicken and veggies, or creamy desserts like custard.

Bonus! Choose one more off tap to complete your tasting experience. Also available for growler fills!

Orange Cardamom (Fringe Mead, 8.5% ABV)

Top Bar (Nectar Creek, 8.1% ABV)

Triple Brett (Nectar Creek, 6.5% ABV)

Black Raspberry Nectar (Redstone Meadery, 8.0% ABV)