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a renewed interest in mead making, it's no longer a
drink of yore. (The fact that it's gluten-free is also a
boon to its rising popularity.)
According to the American Mead Makers
Association, the number of commercial meaderies
in the U.S. increased from 30 in 2003, to 200 in
2013, and nearly 300 as of early 2016. Producers
like Blacksnake Meadery, which Villers founded in
Dugspur with his wife Joanne in 2006, and Atheling
Meadworks, established by Stephen Ausband in 2019,
are giving modern mead its due here in Roanoke.
"People hear 'honey' and think they don't like mead
because it's sweet," Villers says. "There's a lot of variety;
[there's] something for everyone. It's as diverse as the
people who make it."
There are around a dozen different styles of mead,
varying in sweetness, finish and alcohol content
(ranging from six to 18%). Because of honey's high
sugar content (it's around 80%), it can't ferment on
its own, so mead makers, called mazers, dilute it with
water and add yeast to make it ferment like wine.

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Mead, wine
made from honey,
is the world's oldest
fermented beverage
but thanks to a
renewed interest
in mead making,
it's no longer a
drink of yore.

BELOW:
Atheling Meadworks'
line includes the
citrus-leaning
Lyres Song and the
blackberry-forward
Shield Maiden.

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