Why Greenwich Cove Meadery?
Our mead is made from all natural ingredients. We start with high quality local raw honey, unless the honey variety requires a different climate to produce (such as orange blossom honey); then we use the highest quality water that has undergone reverse osmosis filtering to remove fluoride, chlorine, as well as any other detrimental impurities. We then add the unique characteristics of each flavor of mead. This may include fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. We strive for each ingredient to be as fresh, local, natural and environmentally friendly as possible and practical. Our mead is also gluten free with no added sulfites
What is Mead? Mead is honey wine, i.e.: wine made of honey, or wine where the primary volume of fermentable sugars is honey. Mead is one of if, not the most ancient alcoholic beverages in the world. Originally Mead is thought to have been discovered in Africa where honey is plentiful and many early peoples would store it in jars. If a little water were to get into these jars, mead would almost definitely ferment. Tej is a traditional Mead drink still made in Ethiopia. It is little more than honey, water, and sticks from the Gesho tree. Mead spread throughout the world and was drank in various degrees almost everywhere. Mead was overshadowed by wine during most of the Roman Empire, although the Romans made a Mulsum, a mead-like drink reserved for only the most affluent Romans. Made with honey mixed with wine, the word was used interchangeably to describe mead as well. After the fall of the Roman Empire trade routes broke down in Europe and without access to the grape wines of the south, nor the climate to grow their own, Northern European countries, including Scandinavian Viking countries, the British Isles, the Dutch and Germans, adapted mead as a staple drink. The Vikings called it "the Nectar of the Gods". They would hollow out horns and use them as drinking vessels. Many of their towns and cities were setup with a mead hall as town center and main social gathering place. One good example of this can be seen in the story of Beowulf.
Roughly around the time of the European renaissance, increased trade gave these countries access to foreign grape wines. In addition the relatively new practice of distillation introduced Europeans to high proof spirits. The compactness and concentration of distilled spirits, with ease of transport and trade, more than anything else made distillation the de facto king pin of alcohol. Until very recently mead was extremely hard to find, and was considered an exotic beverage in most of the world (except in Ethiopia where Tej has been produced since as far back as any records can tell).
Today mead is coming back strong. The number of dedicated Meaderies in the United States has more than doubled in the past few years. Greenwich Cove Meadery is proud to be the first dedicated Meadery in Rhode Island. We expect to open our doors to the public sometime in 2014. Follow us on FACEBOOK for updates where we will announce our opening as well as tastings done by Mike and Bob.
Greenwich Cove Meadery
401-500-2353 Mailing Address:
PO Box 24
East Greenwich, RI 02818