Mead around the world

Because Mead is a naturally occurring phenomenon, it is found all around the world in almost every cultures.

  • Chemical analyses of ancient organics absorbed, and preserved, in pottery jars from the Neolithic village of Jiahu, in Henan province, Northern China, have revealed that a mixed fermented beverage of rice, honey, and fruit was being produced as early as 9,000 years ago, approximately the same time that barley beer and grape wine started to appear in the Middle East.
  • The ancient Greeks honoured Dionysus, who was widely regarded as the God of Mead long before he became famed as the God of Wine. The Greeks respected a mead-making season after which the maturing mead was saved for an orgy which took place once or twice a year. The Greeks believed that mead, or Ambrosia how they use to call it, would prolong life, and bestow health, strength, virility, re-creative powers, wit and poetry.
  • In ancient Rome honey was considered to be an aphrodisiac. Pollio Romulus, a famous Roman poet wrote to Julius Caesar that at 100 years old he attributed his full sex life to drinking metheglin — a spiced mead.
  • During the Middle Ages in England, Queen Elizabeth had her own royal recipe for mead including rosemary, bay leaves, sweet briar and thyme. Shakespeare drank mead too.
  • Evidence exists that mead was also made in India, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Central Africa.
  • Norsemen mythology which is the root in Scandinavian culture is especially rich in references to Mead. One such story tells how Mead was created and given to mankind by Odin, God of war, wisdom and poetry.