"Popular with Society for Creative Anachronism devotees, the ancient honey-wine beverage smacks of Renaissance fair weirdness and people who live in the 21st century wilds of suburban Illinois yet somehow yearn to build their own yurt," says Zappia, who nevertheless decided it must be worth trying since "mead's popularity for thousands of years has to count for something."
After sampling the beverage for the first time, though, Zappia concludes it's not for her, declaring, "It is repulsive. Insufferably sweet. Like chugging raw honey."
Editor's note: The link to the original article was broken when this story went online; that has been fixed now. Sorry for the inconvenience. —Justin