Producing Sparkling Dry Mead at Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes, California

West Marin idyllic cape is home to sweeping views of the national seashore, artisanal foods makers and this award-winning meadery

For Gordun Hull, a honey fermentation experiment led him down the unexpected path to opening Heidrun Meadery. Hull, who formerly worked as a beer brewer, crafts sparkling dry meads from a variety of single-blossom varietals as well as multi-floral version that reveal the terroir of the region where the honey is from. From their Orange and Sage Blossom liquid to their delectable Point Reyes Wildflower …

2017 Marion Mead

Marion, from Arizona-based Superstition Meadery, is a fuller-bodied honey wine with dark notes of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry. With a rich, juice-like hue, this 13.5% ABV mead’s flavor profile is unexpected, excellent and award-winning. It’s also best to open this sooner rather than later as fruited meads can age but not for too long.

Mead of Poetry Cocktail

Reyka Vodka meets mead and spice in this rich, textured cocktail

While indulging in the taste of Iceland, as part of Scandinavian pop-up restaurant Aska‘s last serving at Brooklyn’s Kinfolk Studios, we were fortunate to try the Mead of Poetry cocktail—a multilayered, rich and flavorful marriage of vodka and mead. Designed by the team at a CH favorite, Reyka Vodka (an Icelandic tipple that’s filtered over lava rocks from the island nation’s mystical landscape), the drink …