Bootleg Hill Honey Meads, a licensed winery, is dedicated to mead of the highest quality at affordable prices. Our honey is unprocessed directly from the hive. We prefer a more natural approach with no sulfites added - however, our meads may contain naturally occurring sulfites. Our meads are made to be enjoyed or aged for years.The Development of Mead
It is very likely that the first “mead” was discovered entirely by accident, when honey was allowed to ferment by mistake, or even found fermented in the wild. Early civilizations seem to have enjoyed mead’s delicious flavor and intoxicating qualities. Signs of ancient meadmaking can be found around the world, and the oldest evidence - pottery shards found in China - is from as far back as 7000 BC.
It’s easy to associate mead with Vikings, but the drink was actually enjoyed by people across the world as a delicious and accessible drink, especially since it predates both wine and beer.
The ubiquity of mead still echoes through history in surprising ways. The word “honeymoon” comes from the tradition of pagan bridges and grooms drinking mead for the first month of their marriage.
Types of Mead
With its honey base, mead is a versatile drink. It can be made sweet or dry, still or sparkling, and other ingredients can imbue delicious flavor.
Melomel is a mead that contains any sort of fruit. Many of Bootleg Hil’s meads are melomels, with delicious flavors like blackberry, cherry, blueberry, and our award-winning Orange Sunshine. Mead made with grapes is known as pyment.
Bootleg Hill Honey Meads Cosmic Cherry...$18.99 / 500ml bottle
Our classic Cherry Melomel made with Door County cherries. Made in Iowa.