In which Ricky the Meadmaker answers questions about coffee mead, his Moscow Mule mugs, why fermenting at different temperatures results in different flavors, his opinion on the "versus" issue, and announces Groennfell's newest year-round mead!
We're doing a Double Tap Takeover with Havoc Mead on May 4th (Star Wars Day) at Tilt Classic Arcade!
Alright, we give up. What on earth is Ricky building now?
All he'll say is, "Technically, it's structural."
Your guess is as good as ours!
We are unbelievably excited to announce that our new year-round mead is hitting the shelves of Vermont at the beginning of May!
This Saison-Style Mead is the first of its kind in the world; brewed with a combination of Scandinavian Saison yeast and wild strains from the honey, all paired perfectly with Canadian Cranberries.
This mead is crisp, tart, and funky.
On draft at select locations on May 1st, Can Release Party May 6th.
In which Ricky the Meadmaker presents his stand-up comedy debut!
Did you know that you can actually get a certification that says that you are certifiably certified to judge mead? That there are people out there with a list of questions and a stopwatch who will affirm your ability to adequately drink and talk about meads of all ilk? That you could literally be a card carrying Mead Judge?
Well there is, there are, and you can.
Realizing that mead was often a category in homebrew competitions, but there was no standing system by which one could establish the perspicacity of self-proclaimed mead experts, a group of (probably besotted) individuals decided to do something about it.
Starting in 2008, the Beer Judge Certification Program (better known as the BJCP) piloted the first national Mead Judge Certification. The idea was to confirm the quality of the individuals who were tasting mead and giving homebrewers feedback. This is a noble goal indeed.
There are two standing problems, however.
The first, fully acknowledged in the Mead Exam Study guide is that “Unfortunately, there are much fewer (sic) books on mead than on beer, and the books on mead tend to be dated and offer unfortunate advice.” In other words, there isn’t all that much to learn or test for.
The second problem is that almost every mead produced by Groennfell Meadery would do abysmally in a competition judged by the BJCP.
It appears that our fine treatise “Craft Mead: A Possibly Contentious Article” has gone unobserved by the staff of the BJCP, as their brief intro to mead contains numerous statements which appear to confuse “honey wine,” a specific type of honey beverage, and Mead, the larger class which also contains craft mead.
Consider their appearance requirements, “Crystal clear, reflective examples with a bright, distinct meniscus are highly desirable.” Our meads are always unfiltered and intentionally cloudy in many cases.
Or the fact that they confuse body, mouthfeel, and sweetness: “…dry meads can still have some body. Dry meads do not have to be bone dry.”
Or the offensively judgmental and confusing statements: “Well-made examples will often have an elegant wine-like character.”
And, let’s not forget to stand up for our friends at Havoc Mead whose most popular draft mead is Bitter Bee when they say, “IBUs: not relevant for anything but braggot, but bittering hops are optional even in this style.”
So, while we certainly consider the acknowledgment of mead in homebrewing competitions an excellent step forward, we’re afraid that many of the best meads would get poor reviews and bad advice from judges who mistake mead, a very large class, for the smaller subcategory of honey wines.
We are not here to bash the BJCP, we think what they’re doing is awesome! We just want to make sure that our homebrewing meadiacs aren’t having their excellent beverages trodden upon unnecessarily.
What matters is that you enjoy what you're brewing and, ideally, that your friends enjoy it too.
To learn more about the Mead Judge Certification Program and to see whether it might be something you’re interested in, please visit the BJCP Mead Page by clicking here.
We are super stoked to introduce the newest, most awesome event at the Mead Hall:
Groennfell Meadery's Off the Tank Series
Every month from now through the summer, we're going to be releasing a new product to the Vermont market, but before there are cans on the shelves and kegs in the bars, you can join us for a special Off the Tank release where we pour right from the fermenter to your glass!
This Friday and Saturday only, you can come to the mead hall and get yourself a pint of our newest mead: Nordic Farmhouse
What is Nordic Farmhouse? Well, come to the Mead Hall this Friday and Saturday to find out before anyone else.
Groennfell Meadery is Vermont’s premier craft meadery. Inspired by Old Norse legends, brewed with extraordinary ingredients, Groennfell’s meads are unlike anything you’ve had before. Crisp, clean, and astoundingly drinkable, the only way to explain any one of Groennfell’s meads is to try one yourself.