Over the centuries, mead, the "drink of kings and Vikings," has lost its place of honor to other alcoholic beverages, but now, the honey-based drink is making a comeback. Kim Gittleson, of the BBC, has the story.
"It's the quintessential local beverage - you can go anywhere in the world and find honey to make mead, and I think that's unique among alcoholic beverages," said Ben Alexander, founder of Maine Mead Works, about his "obsession." Production of mead has skyrocketed, according to Vicky Rowe, the owner of mead information website GotMead. "We went from 30-40 meaderies making mead to somewhere in the vicinity of 250 in the last 10 years," she says.