Mastering Mead Pairings: A Guide for Foodies and Beverage Enthusiasts

Welcome to a journey through the delightful world of mead and food pairings! From ancient traditions to modern-day culinary delights, mead offers a versatile and remarkable experience for foodies and beverage enthusiasts alike. Whether you're a seasoned mead-head or simply a passionate beverage enthusiast, discovering the perfect match for your favorite drink can elevate your dining experience to new heights. Here, we explore the art of food pairing and introduce some exceptional meads and their ideal companions. Let's dive in!

How to Create Food & Beverage Pairings

Selecting the perfect pairings between beverages and food is an art that enhances every meal and drink. Creating these harmonious connections involves understanding the intricate flavors, aromas, and textures of both the food and the drink. Here are some essential principles to guide you on this delightful journey:

  1. Complementary Flavors: Seek out flavors that naturally enhance one another. For instance, a mead with berry undertones pairs wonderfully with a dish that includes similar fruity notes.
  2. Contrasting Flavors: Embrace the magic of contrast by pairing rich, sweet beverages with salty, tangy, or spicy dishes. This balance can lead to a more memorable and satisfying sensory experience.
  3. Weight and Intensity: Match the intensity and body of the beverage with the food. Light, crisp meads are ideal with delicate dishes like salads or seafood, while full-bodied, robust beverages can stand up to hearty meals like roasted meats and stews.
  4. Sweetness Levels: Balance sweetness by aligning the sweetness level of the drink with that of the dish. A dessert mead is perfect for sweet treats, whereas a dry or acidic drink can complement savoury or mildly sweet offerings.
  5. Acidity: Use the acidity in the drink to cut through rich, fatty foods. Higher acidity beverages can refresh the palate and lighten the meal, while lower acidity drinks pair beautifully with creamy or subtle flavors.
  6. Spice Level: When dealing with spicy dishes, opt for beverages with a hint of sweetness to tame the heat and create a balanced flavor profile, ensuring the spice doesn't overwhelm the drink.
  7. Cultural Pairings: Celebrate regional flavors by pairing beverages and dishes that share cultural or regional origins. This often leads to natural synergies and delightful, authentic experiences.
  8. Experimentation: Finally, let your curiosity guide you. The journey of discovering new pairings is part of the fun. Try different combinations, trust your palate, and share your delightful discoveries with the community.

Featured Mead Pairings

Pomegranate Barrel Aged Mead

Imagine an off-dry mead infused with the vibrant acidity of pomegranate, mellowed by the subtle sweetness of mango blossom honey, and aged to perfection in gin oak barrels for over six months. The result is a sophisticated flavor profile with a bright pomegranate punch, a well-rounded gin barrel finish, and light, mellow notes from the mango blossom honey.

Perfect Pairings:

  • Roasted Duck Breast: The rich, gamey flavor of duck breast complements the bright acidity of the pomegranate, while the gin barrel undertones add depth to each bite.
  • Charcuterie Board: Include prosciutto, aged gouda, and dried apricots. The variety of flavors on the board will harmonize beautifully with the complex notes of the mead. Learn how to make your own here.
  • Dark Chocolate Tart: The sweetness of the dark chocolate contrasts delightfully with the mead’s acidity, making for a luxurious dessert pairing.

Midnight Mead

A sweet, carbonated delight that combines the richness of local avocado blossom honey with the tart acidity of blackberries and black currants. This effervescent mead embodies the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess, creating a refreshing and indulgent experience for the palate.

Perfect Pairings:

  • Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin: The savory herbs and tender pork are elevated by the rich honey notes and the tart acidity of the blackberries and black currants, creating a delectable harmony. Try this recipe.
  • Blackberry Brie Galette: Flaky pastry filled with creamy brie and sweet-tart blackberries mirrors the mead's flavor profile, making for a truly inviting appetizer or dessert.
  • Classic New York Cheesecake: The dense, creamy texture of the cheesecake is beautifully offset by the effervescent sweetness and tangy fruit notes of Midnight Mead, offering a luxurious end to any meal.

Minotaur's Malice Mead

A sweet and enchanting creation made with the exotic blend of prickly pear and peaches, combined with the delicate sweetness of local wildflower honey. This mead captivates with tropical notes of prickly pear, perfectly balanced by the succulent sweetness of peaches, and layered with the sweet acidity and floral undertones of wildflower honey.

Perfect Pairings:

  • Grilled Shrimp Skewers: The light, smoky flavor of grilled shrimp pairs beautifully with the tropical and sweet notes of prickly pear and peaches, creating a delightful and refreshing combination. Try this recipe.
  • Spicy Thai Noodles: The sweet acidity of the mead cuts through the rich and spicy flavors of Thai noodles, enhancing and balancing the heat with its fruity complexity.
  • Peach Cobbler: The juicy, baked peaches in the cobbler resonate wonderfully with the peach notes in the mead, while the wildflower honey harmonizes with the sweetness of the dessert.

Embrace the Art of Mead Pairing

Pairing food with the right mead elevates the dining experience, bringing out the best in both the dish and the beverage. Whether you’re enjoying a sophisticated Pomegranate Barrel Aged Mead, the berry-rich Midnight Mead, or the fruit-forward Minotaur's Malice mead, these pairings are sure to delight your palate and impress your guests.

We invite you to explore these pairings and experiment with your own creations. Share your experiences and pairings with our community – let's celebrate the wonderful world of mead together!

Cheers to great taste and even better company!

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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!