Mead popular with SCAdians, not so popular with muggles

Corina Zappia, a food and wine critic for the Village Voice (New York City), tried mead for the first time at Mugs Ale House and found it to be, well, not exactly to her liking.

"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

hmmmm, Havent tried mead yet,

hmmmm, Havent tried mead yet, I think I'll still try it out of spite!

I'm going to have to protest

I'm going to have to protest now. First of all about the mead: properly done and with suitable spices it's delicious! Secondly to the use of 'muggles' Why, oh why!? does the editor feel the need to use this word? Non-SCAdian, sure, mundane, alright, but muggle? When did we enter the alternate universe where SCA participants use magic and the general populace who do not play in the SCA are 'non-magical people'? Augh, it hurts worse than a bad pun! (The opinion stated above is the opinion of the undersigned person only, nothing more and applies to nobody else) /Lia

The choice of "muggles" was m

The choice of "muggles" was mine...sorry. It's used in some SCAdian circles as a kinder, gentler replacement for "mundanes", which some find offensive. It was intended as lighthearted humor. I actually thought about "non-SCAdian", but it made the headline sound clumsy. So, blame the Publisher, not the Editor. :-) [humor mode] Some might make the case that in the SCA we do create a kind of "magic", in the same sense that theatre can create "magic" through the imagination. Is there not a certain kind of magic in the air when the main dish is presented with great ceremony to High Table at a candlelit feast? Or telling tales around a campfire at Pennsic or Estrella? Not all magic involves wands and brooms. Like the wizards in the Harry Potter books, we SCAdians must peacefully coexist with people who not only can't see our "magic", but who actively consider it to be an aberration from what they regard as normal life. The nice wizards in the books call non-magical folks "muggles", while the not-so-nice wizards call them "mudbloods". I chose the nice term. :-) [/humor mode] That being said, I'll take your comments into account for future headlines. :-) Justin Speaking only for himself, not for the rest of the staff.