It seems like there is a day for everything these days. Now we have Mead Day.
Don’t know what Mead day is? Well, you aren’t alone, but it’s on August 6 and Motor City Brew Tours will take you on a tour of local makers of the ancient alcohol – Dragonmead, Kuhnhenn Brewery and B. Nektar Meadery.
With its roots stretching back to 7000 BC (discovered by archeologists in China), this mixture of honey, water, and yeast is the oldest alcohol in the world. Enjoyed by rich and poor alike in diverse groups such as Vikings, Egyptians, Mayans, Greeks, and Romans, the fermented honey beverage has found a following among beer fans in recent years.
If you want to be prepared and learn how to drink like a Viking, here’s a quick video.
With 15 different meads and wines (if you must stick to conventionality), the first stop on the tour is Dragonmead Brewery, which has been in the mead game for 15 years. They’ll have a few samples on hand for Mead Day. Their favorites, of course. It is located in Warren.
Also in Warren is Kuhnhenn Brewery where you will get a tour of the facilities. Head Mead Brewer Frank Retell loves experimentation and boundary pushing and creates 70-80 different meads every year. Retell has medaled in the Mazer Cup, a yearly international competition that ranks meads into subcategories.
B. Nektar Brewery, the final brewery on the tour, actually opened just in time for National Mead Day back in 2008. Since then it has gone on to be listed as one of the top 100 breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com. It has continued every year since 2013.
For the $55 ticket you get mead samples at Dragonmead and Kuhnhenn, pizza, tours and mead talk and five tasting tickets for the B. Nektar Party at the end of the trip. The tour meets at B. Nektar Meadery at 11 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.
Tickets are available here: http://www.motorcitybrewtours.com/