The Drink of Kings Makes a Comeback

Ben Alexander and mead

Long relegated to the dusty corners of history, mead – the drink of kings and Vikings – is making a comeback in the US.

But what’s brewing in this new crop of commercial meaderies – as they are known – is lot more refined from the drink that once decorated tables across medieval Europe.

“Do we have any mead makers or home brewers in the group?” asks Ben Alexander, eying a crowd of a dozen or so people who have come to his Maine Meade Works, in Portland, on a rainy Friday for a tour.

When no-one raises their hand, Mr Alexander launches into the full spiel.

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