Vi-King Of Beer: Our 5 Favorite Bottles Of Mead From Around The World

A trip to Poland spawns beer distraction, mead love
Jan 14, 2013 3:01 pm

Looking for the perfect new drink for these late winter months? Why not try the drink of Vikings and kings: Mead. While it’s a staple in many parts of the world, especially Eastern Europe, its popularity is just beginning to grow in the United States. I’m exploring the world of mead and uncovering some old-world standbys and new favorites. 

The Change-Maker's Cocktail

A cocktail with African roots for a great cause
Oct 27, 2011 3:01 pm
changemaker's cocktail

“I wanted to make a drink which told a story and incorporated traditional flavors of Africa," says renowned mixologist Joann Spiegel, "I thought I should incorporate Tej honey wine — Tej is a traditional mead wine made in Ethiopia for centuriesthought to be one of the oldest alcoholic beverages ever produced." 

Boiled Alive: Turning Bees Into Mead

Sacrificing a beehive for a viking-era drink
Sep 20, 2011 10:01 am

I have a hard time explaining what happened to my bees. The short answer is, I killed them. Thousands of bees, and I killed them. I repeat this to myself in shock and wonder; wonder at the scale, so artificially vast, and the shame, as real and finite as a sting.

But the long answer is darker still: It wasn’t a massacre, it was an experiment. I was making...

Magic in a Bottle

Wine connossieurs, prepare to be enlightened
Aug 18, 2011 12:16 pm
Enlightenment wines

Here at Food Republic, we love a good mystery. So we were a bit intrigued when we received an email from Raphael Lyon titled "NY area wine crazies." What could that mean?

Apparently, Lyon runs Enlightenment Wines, which he claims is the smallest winery in New York state,...


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