Mead joins artisanal drinks culture

Once considered a beverage for sweaty Vikings or geeky Renaissance Faire attendees, mead has "shed its medieval reputation and is claiming a coveted spot in Northern California's artisanal drinks culture." Jessica Yadegaran of the San Jose Mercury News has a feature story.

Yadegaran writes:

Fueled in part by the craft brewing movement, this elixir's resurgence is a bit remarkable: In the past five years, the number of meaderies nationwide has tripled, according to the American Mead Makers Association. Last year, new meaderies opened in Berkeley and San Francisco. And in February, the frenzied interest in mead spurred UC Davis to offer its first mead-makers course. It sold out faster than you can say fermentation.