National Mead May 2016
CELEBRATE THE WORLD’S OLDEST FERMENTED BEVERAGE
When: August 6, 2016
Time: Noon until 4:00 PM
Where: Design2Brew - 9995 WingHaven Blvd, O’Fallon Missouri 63368
First organized in 2002 by the AHA, National Mead Day aims to increase the awareness of mead as a drink, and to foster camaraderie among mead makers. We have several activities planned during the day.
Saturday is National Mead Day. And while it may not be a pre-entered holiday on your wall calendar, it's certainly worth celebrating, even outside the perimeters of a Renaissance Festival or your local Beowulf reading group. Ten years ago the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) determined that the first Saturday in August would be the inaugural Mead Day, bringing awareness to the drink and boosting camaraderie for its brewers.
Also referred to as honey wine (or miruvor to Tolkien fans), the beverage is made by boiling honey and water into a syrup, adding yeast nutrients, yeast and spices, then fermenting the mixture over the course of many months -- first in a carboy and then in bottles. The result is a subtle to strong honey character with sweetness dependent on whether it's dry or sweet mead (not unlike grape wine). When brewed to the desired effect, it is complex, with balanced alcohol, akin to dessert wine, but with the presence of spices and herbs.
12:00 - 1:00 PM Mead Making Demo
2:00 - 3:00 PM Beekeeping Seminar Presented by Three Rivers Beekeepers
12:05 - 4:00 PM Homemade Mead Bottle Share
A few commercial meads will also be available to sample.
The Event is FREE but registration is requested. Please register HERE