A Cascadian Dark Mead? Puhleaz. No Social Mead-ia Drama for the youngest1 of the naturally fermented beverages.
In that spirit, I have two pieces of under the radar local mead news items. This is, of course, another non-re-occurring segment called, "Your Semiannual Arizona Mead Update". As we all know, semiannual refers to every 2 years or six months with the annum concurring roughly with fermentation cycle of a typical show mead (give or take) or the occurrence of any medieval reference or anytime I want reference that Pliny the Elder also wrote of mead (militites) and not just hops. Murky stuff.
Arizona's First Licensed Meadery Opens
Actually it's several firsts. Superstition Meadery out of Skull Valley (Prescott) was officially licensed by the state sometime during the summer. Their first releases began to appear at The Raven Cafe in early December. Among the other firsts:
- First Mead on Tap made in AZ
- First Hard Cider made in AZ
- World’s First Bourbon Barrel Fermented Mead
One of the more under-appreciated, yet landmark, firsts may be First Alternating Proprietorship in AZ. That could factor in to many start-up business plans in the AZ beer scene.
That's quite a good show without much fanfare or self-promotion on their part. Help them out here.
New Hampshire Meadery with Valley Connection Distributing in AZ
Yea, I went all TV news-y with "Valley Connection".
National Homebrewer's Conferences as a pro speaker or before that even, while he was an amateur. Others know of his story to open Moonlight Meadery. Moonlight was a sponsor of the Brewmeister's Anonymous Mead Cup in March of 2012. ASH member, Steve McKellips won the Best of Show last go-round and was rewarded with an opportunity to make a mead professionally with Michael.
You would think that I'd know if this actually happened or not, but these mead guys--very quiet folk. Downright murky. Moonlight will be distributed by Young's Market. We'll be looking to get Moonlight and Mr. Fairbrother out for an AZ visit soon. (We shook on that right, Michael?3).
1Mead: ~2000BC; Beer: ~3500BC; Wine ~6000BC; earliest physical evidence.
2I have a fuzzy memory Jeff.
3We did not shake on that.