Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

Mead is a Magical Thing

by Drink Philly on Jun 14, 2011 in Culture
Mead is a Magical Thing

If you’ve ever played Dungeons & Dragons (which our editor does) or watched any form of fantasy movie (which our editor is doing right now), you’ve probably heard of mead but never gave it much mind. We’re here to tell you why you’ve made a terrible mistake.

Mead is often referred to as “honey wine,” made by fermenting a solution of honey and water. Oftentimes it is spiced, depending on a region’s traditions or recipes with everything from spices, fruit, or even hops.

As stated before, many references are often made to medieval times and mead, but with good basis. It has a cherished history throughout Europe, but its roots go much deeper.

The earliest hard, archaeological evidence of the production of mead dates back to around 7000 BC in Northern China. The earliest surviving description of mead is in the hymns of Rigveda, one of the sacred books of the Vedic religion from 1700-1100 BC. Some African societies (namely the producers of Malaka iQhilika) claim its origins go back almost 20,000 years.

But enough with the history lesson – you want to know where you can drink it, right?

In Philadelphia, you can sample the Makana iQhilika, which is a South African mead crafted near the Indian Ocean, at Tria. This mead is made by infusing the local honey with a handful of herbs, including rooibos, honey bush, tea, cinnamon and apple.

If you folks find any other great meads, tell us about your experience at info@philly.thedrinknation.com!


Related Articles:

Homework, Drink Philly-Style
Obama Drinks Guinness in Four Sips

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Have Merged in a $300 Million Deal

Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Have Merged in a $300 Million Deal

In a huge move for the American craft beer community, Boston Beer and Dogfish Head have agreed to a merger valued at $300 million dollars. ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 10, 2019
Neighborhood Bar Crawl: Adams Morgan

Neighborhood Bar Crawl: Adams Morgan

Here are some of our top picks featuring awesome beverage choices in addition to serving up delicious eats - burgers, Korean, Japanese and more - all ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Apr 17, 2019
A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A new, high-end blend of Jack Daniel's whiskey, known as Jack Daniel's No. 27 Gold, which was previously only ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 15, 2019
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon has debuted an entirely new label design, has expanded to more states...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 3, 2019
Where to Drink Bourbon in D.C.

Where to Drink Bourbon in D.C.

Where to drink bourbon? Check out our top picks below for places to sip the barrel aged spirit....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Apr 2, 2019
Welcome Warmer Weather in D.C. with These Spring Cocktails

Welcome Warmer Weather in D.C. with These Spring Cocktails

Spring is in bloom and in DC that means the welcome of cherry blossoms and spring-inspired cocktails on seasonal drink menus. ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Mar 19, 2019
PBR is Making Its Own Whiskey For the Perfect Shot & Beer Combo

PBR is Making Its Own Whiskey For the Perfect Shot & Beer Combo

Pabst Blue Ribbon has filed documents to create its very own whiskey, making for the perfect shot & beer combo....read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 18, 2019
Behind the Bar: Tory Pratt of Pratt Standard

Behind the Bar: Tory Pratt of Pratt Standard

In this edition of Behind the Bar, we chatted with Tory Pratt, the founder of Pratt Standard....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 7, 2019
D.C.'s Best Beer Bars

D.C.'s Best Beer Bars

Where's the best place to get your brew on? From beer gardens to bars, here are some of our favorite spots to knock back a few pints....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Mar 5, 2019
Acclaimed Director Ridley Scott Has Made Seven Short Films for Hennessy X.O.

Acclaimed Director Ridley Scott Has Made Seven Short Films for Hennessy X.O.

Ridley Scott has directed a four-minute short film for Hennessy X.O. visualizing the seven flavors of the high...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 4, 2019
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close