Nectar of the Gods: A Mead Profile

What is the "Nectar of the Gods"?

Mead—a fermented concoction of honey and water—is arguably one of humanity's earliest alcoholic indulgences. The ancient Greeks lauded it as the “nectar of the Gods,” a fitting title for a beverage that has traversed centuries and cultures, yet remains shrouded in mystery for many. Let's uncork this historical vessel and pour out some fascinating facts about mead.

10 Intriguing Facts About Mead

1. Simplicity at Its Best

You might be surprised to find that you already have the essentials for brewing mead in your pantry! Honey and water form the foundation of mead. Though additional ingredients can enhance its flavor profile, the core of mead's creation lies in these two humble components.

2. A Spectrum of Varieties

Mead's versatility knows no bounds. From sweet to dry, still to sparkling, the possibilities are endless. By incorporating fruits, spices, grains, or hops, mead makers (or should we say wizards?) can conjure up a diverse array of potions to suit any palate.

3. A Wide Range of Strength

With an alcohol by volume (ABV) ranging from a mild 3.5% to a potent 20% or more, mead proves to be a versatile companion for any occasion—be it brunch or a banquet under the stars.

4. An Ancient Beverage

Mead stands tall among the ancients, with its origins dating back to around 7000 B.C. in what is now China. This makes it a prime candidate for the title of the oldest alcoholic drink known to humanity.

5. A Tonic for Wellness

Mead isn't just about indulgence; it's also revered for its health benefits, largely attributed to the nutritional prowess of honey. From bolstering the immune system to aiding digestion, mead offers more than just a delightful sip.

6. The Original Aphrodisiac

Long before chocolates and oysters, there was mead. The term “honeymoon” is believed to originate from the medieval tradition of consuming mead for the first month of marriage, a nod to its reputed aphrodisiac qualities.

7. Experiencing a Renaissance

Mead is making a magnificent comeback. With the proliferation of local mead festivals and the establishment of National Mead Day on August 3rd by the American Homebrewers Association, mead is once again capturing hearts and palates across the nation.

8. A Drink of the Divine

The ancient Greeks weren't far off when they deemed mead the “nectar of the Gods.” Believed to be consumed by the deities atop Mt. Olympus, mead has long been associated with immortality, magical prowess, and divine favor.

9. A Literary Legend

Mead's rich history extends into the realm of literature, where it graces the pages of epic tales and poems. From Beowulf to The Lord of the Rings, mead has been the drink of choice for heroes and adventurers alike.

10. Simply Sublime

While opinions may vary, the consensus among those who've embarked on the mead journey is clear: mead is truly remarkable. With a storied past and a vibrant presence, mead invites us all to raise a glass to its enduring legacy and exquisite taste.

As you delve into the world of mead, let each sip transport you through time and across continents, connecting you with the countless souls who've found joy and solace in this “nectar of the Gods.” Cheers to mead—may its magic never wane!

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!