Benefits of Mead: Is Mead a "Healthy" Alcohol?

Mead - it’s what’s for dinner! Seriously. Consider having a glass of mead with your next supper meal (if it’s legally acceptable, of course) and reap the benefits of mead-induced holiness.

Say again? The benefits of mead? As in - the alcoholic beverage? Oh yes, young grasshopper.

In a world where the pursuit of wellness often leads us down the path of the latest superfoods and dietary trends, it's easy to overlook the ancient elixirs that our ancestors swore by for health and vitality.

One such treasure, steeped in mythology and history, is making a remarkable comeback not just for its unique taste but also for its array of surprising health benefits. Enter the world of mead - the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man. This honey-based alcoholic drink is fermented with water and sometimes flavored with fruits, spices, grains, or hops. Its health-related properties stem from its primary ingredient: honey.

This golden liquid, once the drink of choice for Vikings and medieval knights, is now capturing the hearts of health enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. But what if I told you that beyond its rich flavors and storied past, mead offers more than meets the eye? From its antioxidant properties to its potential probiotic benefits, join me as we delve into the fascinating health benefits of mead, proving that sometimes, to find the future of wellness, we need to take a sip from the past.

Rich in Antioxidants:

Honey, the main component of mead, is known for its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals in the body, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

Probiotic Potential:

Some types of mead are fermented to a point that preserves live yeasts and beneficial bacteria. These probiotics can be good for gut health, aiding in digestion and even improving the immune system.

Contains Vitamins and Minerals:

Honey is a natural source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, calcium, and iron. While the fermentation process might reduce their levels, mead still retains some of these beneficial nutrients.

Anti-inflammatory Properties:

Honey is known for its anti-inflammatory effects, which can help reduce inflammation throughout the body. This is particularly beneficial for the microbiome and gastrointestinal tract.

Promotes Longevity and Health:

Historically, mead has been associated with longevity and vitality. Cultures such as the Romans believed in its unique healing properties, often consuming it for overall health.

Boosts Immune System:

The medicinal properties of honey, including its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, contribute to strengthening the immune system.

Enhances Desire and Fertility:

There is historical evidence suggesting that mead was consumed to boost sexual desire and fertility, with the term "honeymoon" possibly originating from the ancient practice of drinking mead after marriage to encourage conception.

Are You Convinced?

Not to say you needed more reasons to indulge in the nectar of the Gods, but if you did? Boom. You’re welcome. Not only can you enjoy an afternoon socializing with friends (and us) at Batch Mead, but you can also healthify yourself in the process (yes, that’s a word).

Could anything be better? We here at Batch Mead subscribe to the “kill two birds with one stone” methodology and the “work smarter not harder” mantra, so why not do so with glorious, delectable mead?  

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About Us


We started Batch Mead in 2019 to leave our Silicon Valley tech careers and pursue our real passion, MEAD!

We love locally sourced honey, apples and other ingredients. We focus on small batches to keep taps rotating and deliver delicious meads and hard ciders.

We believe mead is an experience, and our tasting room reflects all the notes of that ideal experience.

We recently won Best in Show from the San Diego International Beer Festival (2020, 2021 & 2022)! As well as several other wine, beer & mead awards!