This doesn't make these people feel adequately bad about themselves, however. To do that, you need to rattle off a list of the who's who of mead drinkers that they should have heard of.
The movie Thor earned half a billion dollars, not to mention his appearance in other Marvel pictures. You have definitely heard of Thor.
Sorry, no picture of Chris Hemsworth...
Baloney. Everyone had to read Beowulf in school.
Mead is mentioned approximately every fifth word.
For now, it's the mead ignorant Tolkien geeks who should be ashamed.
Hagrid orders five pints of mead when at the Three Broomsticks Pub in Hogsmeade. Mulled mead, to be precise.
And, on that note...
Ron Weasley is poisoned with the a glass of doctored mead...
Everyone has read or at least heard of Harry Potter. Mead occurs on three or four other occasions in the books.
Maybe you got through school without reading Beowulf. Maybe you don't go in for that Norse Mythology junk. Maybe you've never heard of Marvel Comic Books.
But you have heard of Harry Freakin' Potter.