In the mountains of North Georgia, Blair Housley is making honey wine, better known as mead, at Dahlonega’s own Etowah Meadery.
Etowah Meadery has nearly 50 varieties of mead, including raspberry, chocolate, currant, and mayhaw. Georgia Honey Farm in Tiger is one of several honey farms supplying more than 1,000 pounds of honey to the meadery each month. Local orchards and other producers supply the additive ingredients.
Mead is one of the oldest beverages in the world, but somewhat new to the present-day beverage market. Simply, it is fermented honey cut with water. Mead can be sweet, bitter, dry, or tart and is typically 11-15% alcohol. Mead producers often add adjunct flavors like fruit or chocolate to switch up the taste.
Honeymoons have their roots in mead. In days of yore, newlyweds would receive vessels of mead at their wedding, enough to last for a month (or moon cycle). Then they’d spend a month celebrating and toasting to one another with mead, or honey wine. Thus, honey-moon.
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