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"Mead-maker David Myers of Colorado's Redstone Meadery said, "Mead is something that comes around like clockwork every 2,000 to 3,000 years." But despite its seemingly sudden upswing, mead isn't likely to reattain its crazy medieval popularity. Unlike once-forgotten, now-prized goods like heirloom tomatoes, mead won't even make the foodie mainstream. That's partly because it has a horrible image problem—currency with the Society for Creative Anachronism is not exactly a signifier of great commercial promise. Got Mead's blogger goes by the nickname Meadwench, and the topics covered on the blog include questions from readers trying to figure out what the historically correct drinking cup is. Fans like these won't boost mead into the 21st century. Even mead-makers complain about Renaissance fairs, where the drink is treated, inevitably, as an anachronism."

For the full article, which is otherwise quite nice, go here: http://www.slate.com/id/2184361/?GT1=10935



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Feb. 29th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure whether I'm pissed or amused! And I don't even like most mead!
Feb. 29th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
My favorite meads, cysers and such are made commercially by a guy who started out giving me his home-brew when I was prince. A nice operation, and nice people. Sometimes I send it back to Chris and Maurya during the holidays and sometimes kegs of it make it back to Pensic for the West Kingdom party.

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