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Meaderies of Canada

Planet Bee Meadery
Planet Bee Meadery and Honey Farm
Vernon BC

Mead, often referred to as honey wine, is an alcoholic drink made by the fermentation of honey. Mead is, in all likelihood, the oldest alcoholic beverage known to mankind. Before agricultural techniques were developed, humans were traditionally hunters and gatherers. After gathering honey from the hive, the natural yeast and high moisture content would cause the honey to ferment, producing mead. It is no wonder mead is often referred to as ‘the nectar of the gods', as its appearance seemed miraculous.

The term "honeymoon" has been associated with drinking mead during the month long celebration following a wedding in pagan times. In addition to the health giving properties of honey; mead was thought by the Romans to lengthen life and posses unique healing qualities. The ancient Nordic people considered the drinking of mead as a most important aspect of daily life. Legends of great mead halls, feasts and celebrations abound in the cultural histories of present day countries of this area.

Mead (Honey Wine) is the oldest art of fermentation. Consumed by all, from kings to peasants, mead has gained a reputation as a giver of life, wisdom, courage and strength down through the ages. The traditional drinking vessel for mead is called a mazer and was generally bowl-shaped, made of wood and often inlayed with silver.


  • Melomel: Mead made with fruit added
  • Braggot (or Bracket) Mead made with malted grain (usually barley)
  • Hydromel: This is the term for a weak or watered down mead
  • Pyment: This is mead made with grape or grape juice added. This is also the term for a grape wine that has honey added to it.
  • Cyser - A mead made with apples or apple juice
  • Metheglin: A mead made with added spices - often considered to have medicinal traits. Some common spices are cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves
  • Rhodomel : An ancient Roman term for a mead made with rose petals
  • Sack Mead: A mead with a very high honey content. It has a high density and is often sweeter than typical meads. This can be thought of as a dessert wine of meads.
  • Show Mead: This is a term that has come to define a plain mead with no spices or fruits added.
  • Short Mead : (Also referred to as a quick mead) this is a mead that is made in a fashion so it matures quickly. Short meads are often very similar to ales.
  • Great Mead: Kind of like the opposite of a Short Mead. This mead is designed to be bottled and aged for several years.
  • Sparkling Mead: A carbonated mead much like a sparkling wine. This is usually achieved by adding a small amount of honey or sugar just before bottling. This causes a small secondary ferment while in the bottle that will elevate the pressure and sweetness.
  • Morat: A Melomel made from Mulberries
  • Hippocras: A pyment to which spices have been added
  • Omphacomel: mead made with verjuice which is the juice of unripened grapes. This is often considered to be a type of pyment.
  • Oxymel - Made with wine vinegar
  • Acerglyn - Mead made with maple syrup
  • Bochet - refers to a mead that was made with the honey caramelized or burned before it is added to the water. Creates several different flavors including toffee, chocolate or marshamallow.
  • Capsicumel - Flavored with chili pepper
  • Black Mead - Made with Black Currants
  • Mulled Mead - This refers to a mead that is heated before drinking. Typically it has spices for flavoring.
  • Chouchen - which is a French Brittany mead... which sometimes contains apple juice:

Meads around the world:

  • Tej - Ethiopian mead
  • Acan - Native Mexican Mead
  • Acerglyn - Made with Maple syrup
  • Gverc - Croatian variety of mead
  • Dwojniak - Polish mead using equal amounts of honey and water
  • Poltorak - Polish mead made with two parts water and one part honey
  • Czworniak - Polish mead made with three parts water and one part honey
  • Sima - A finnish mead seasoned with lemon
  • Pitarilla - Mayan mead made with the bark of the balche tree
  • Medica - Slovenian and Croation mead
  • Dandaghare - Nepalese mead made with Himilayan herbs and spices.
  • Medovina - Eastern European mead , Czech republic, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Bosnia
  • Medovukha - Eastern Slavic mead
  • iQhilika - South African

‘A drink I took of the magic mead..
Then began I to know and to be wise,
To grow and to weave poems.'
-Odin, from the Norse Saga Runahal 1200AD

British Columbia




Campbell's Gold Honey Farm

2595 Lefeuvre Road
Abbotsford, BC V4X 1L5



Mike and Judy Campbell have been active in bee keeping since 1997, and are members in good standing of the B.C. Honey Producers Association, the Surrey Bee Keepers Association, and the South Fraser Valley Bee Keepers Association.







Mason Manor

19736 98th Avenue
Langley, BC V1M 2X5

Mason Manor


A new meadery(2012) located in the Por Kells / Langley area owned by Steve Mason. The plan to open a large space where people can come and enjoy the medieval atmosphere, while drinking a flavourable glass of Mead. Our end goal is to open a Tavern.

Signature meads are Apple Cinnamon, and Traditional

winemaker: Steve Mason
Philosophy:   Our philosophy is to educate people on one of the oldest alcoholic drinks in existence.







Meadow Vista Honey Wines

3975 June Springs Rd.
Kelowna , British Columbia
V1W 4E4



Meadow Vista Honey


The meadery is located in Kelowna and is owned by Judie Barta. They currently do not have a tasting room. Meadow Vista is Canada’s first producer of organic sparkling honey wine called ‘Joy’, created in the French style of méthode traditionelle, delivering crisp bubbles and elegant fruit flavours with just a hint of honey to savour. The line includes Mabon, a spiced honey wine, Cloud Horse, traditional honey wine, and Libra, a dessert style honey wine with fresh organic apricots added

The meadery uses organic honey from the Peace River District in Northern Alberta,

Winemaker: Dr Alan Marks
Philosophy:To be the world's best producer of organic honey wines while helping the plight of the honey bee







Middle Mountain Mead

3505 Euston Road
Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0

Tel: 1-250-335-1392


In 1992 Cambell Graham and his wife Helen Grond moved from the city life of Vancouver to the country life on Hornby Island. Settling on 13 acres near the south end of the island. Their original plan did not call for them to produce mead but after studying the romantic history of mead they fell in love with the idea.

Already ardent gardners the property had over 3000 plants and in particular lavender all they needed was bees and a winery. They converted a cabin into a production facility producing traditional meads plus meads flavoured with herbs or fruits.




The Meadery at Planet Bee

5011 Bella Vista Road
Vernon, British Columbia
V1H 1A1




Planet Bee Honey farm added meads to their product list in 2011. The meadery is owned by Ed and Taosha Nowek. Ed has been a bee keeper since 1969 , starting the farm in 1997. He joined with winemaker Martin Dournovo to produce their first Mead in  1998.  The farm has 250 hives.

Numerous honey and beewax products are sold in the  gift shop

Signature meads: HoneyMoon Mead Okanagan Delight         

              

Winemaker: Martin Dournovo    
Philosophy: We take pride in every bottle of mead we offer and will do our utmost to maximize your enjoyment of our Honeymoon Mead   

              

               







Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery

8750 West Coast Rd.
Sooke, BC V0S1N0

Tel: 250-642-1956

info@tugwellcreekfarm.com



Located in the small community of Sooke on the south west side of Vancouver Island. Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery was licensed as British Columbia's first Meadery in 2003. Owned and operated by Bob Liptrot and Dana LeComte. The combination of Bob Liptrot's 43 years of beekeeping experience and over 25 years of mead making experience bring a unique and educational culinary experience to their meadery.. Their award winning Meads (honey wines) reflect harmony and balance by blending varietal honeys and berries from our local region.

The winery was named after the Tugwell Family which originally settled this land. There is a nearby creek named Tugwell Creek as well. The site was selected due to its beautiful location near the Ocean.
They were the first Meadery in Western Canada.

Tugwell Creek will becone the third Economusee in BC this summer.  That is like becoming the Museum of Beekeeping and Meadmaking.  Very Exciting!  Here is a link to check out what Economusee is all about.  http://www.economusee.com/en

Melomel, Metheglin, Vintage Mead, and Sack Mead are their signature wines. Sack Mead is like a late harvest wine on the sweetness scale. Also produced an Apple Quince Cyser called Original Sin , and an Acerglyn. As well as mead the farm offers a wide range of honey and bee related products

Winemaker: Robert Liptrot
Philosophy: To reintroduce the ancient beverage mead



Ontario


Munro Honey & Meadery

3115 River Street
Alvinston, ON N0N 1A0


Alvinston is a small town located between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. The company Munro Honey was started in 1914 by a man named Warren Munro. In 1958 Howard Bryans purchased the business the name remained Munro Honey. In 1999 Howard obtained a license to manufacture mead and added Munro's Meadery to the name. Today the the company is owned by Davis Bryansand John Bryans.

Winemaker: John Bryans
Philosophy: To make top quality meads, made from 100% pure Canadian Honey


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Rosewood Estate Winery and Meadery

4325 Mountainview Road
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B2

Toll free: 1-866-633-3248



Rosewood Meadery


The winery and meadery is owned by Renata and Eugene Roman

The Roman family have been beekeepers for 70 years, Eugene is a second generation Ontario beekeeper. His father gave him his first hive at the age of 6. Originally the family kept bees in King Township, Ontario. In the year 2000, the apiary operations were moved to Beamsville. The 3 apiaries are located throughout the Beamsville Bench. The honey gathered here is fruity and pleasant tasting.

The idea of producing honey wines or meads has intrigued Eugene since high school. Eugene and winemaker Natalie Spytkowskyhave combined their skills of honey production and winemaking to develop innovative handcrafted honey wines

Winemaker: Eugene Roman, Natalie Spytkowsky
Philosophy: At Rosewood we also celebrate this unique gift of honey creating meads with structure, complexity and balance - a true artistic challenge.




Trafalgar Ales and Meads

1156 Speers Road
Oakville, Ontario



 


The company traces its history back to 1994 when it was founded by Mike and Nancy Arnold and George Hengstman. They operated soley as a brewery untill the introduction of meads around 2000. Trafalgar Ales and Meads makes Black Currant, Blueberry and Raspberry Melomel. They are dry and slightly carbonated, with the natural fruit flavors very apparent. And with an alcohol content around 9% alc/vol.


 

Alberta



Chinook Honey Co


Chinook Arch Meadery
Okotoks , Alberta, T0L 1K0



Over looking the beautiful foothills close to Calgary you find Albera's first honey winery owned by Art and Cherie Andrew. The name “Chinook Arch Meadery” was chosen to reflect the unique weather phenomena that occurs in the lee of the Rocky Mountains where our honey is harvested and where the mead is created.    

 Chinook Honey Company started as a beekeeping hobby in 1995   The original 2 hives soon expanded to 6, then 12 and now have blossomed to approximately 280. Art's passion for his bees was contagious, and it didn't take long before his wife Cherie started joined in.   In 2004 they opened their store The Honey House  

Mead was a natural progression and Art started experimenting with various recipes in 1998. After heading the Alberta Beekeepers presentation to Alberta Gaming & Liquor, mead was included in the Alberta Cottage Winery Licensing. Chinook Arch Meadery was Alberta's first licensed commercial Meadery and started production in 2007. Since then their production has grown steadily and offering a variety of mead styles including traditional, metheglins and melomels

In 2011 they released the first Iced Mead ‘Raspberry Ice' and in 2012 followed it with ‘Frosted Blisssss'. This technique is a distillation which creates a lovely dessert wine with an alc./vol. of approximately 20%.

signature meads are ‘Melissa's Gold', ‘Bodacious Black Currant' and ‘Fire ‘n Spice'.

Meadmaker: Art Andrew

Philosophy: Mead is a unique beverage and not very well known in Alberta, thus we endeavor to educate everyone about its many qualities, varieties and uses



Nova Scotia


Midgrad Meadery


Scotch Lake
Nova Scotia


The meadery has been producing organic honey and meade since 2002. The farm resides next to the churning Georges River which is dwarfed by the natural beauty and peace of the Barrachois Hills to the North. The owners Micheal Magnini and Jenn Holtom roots are Celtic and Roman in origin and they love to explore the myths, legends and history of our glorious past and it reflects in their labeling and branding.

The adventure began with the introduction of Italian honey bees to their small farm. Today they have beehives in multiple apiaries across Cape Breton.

Signature meads are Valhalla and Mjolnir and a sweet mead called: Freya

Winemaker: Micheal Magnini
Philosophy: Traditional mead as a modern art

Prince Edward Island


Honeydew Apiaries

Canoe Cove


 

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A bee farm producing meads owned by Daniel and Beatrice Ficza. Its a family affair aided by their two daughters. Daniel is a very experience Beekeeper having worked in California, ALberta and British Columbia before seattling in New Brunswick

Their mead is sold under the label The Golden Drop.



  Quebec

LE CLOS DES BRUMES
824 rang 5
la Présentation
Québec, JOH 1BO

Tel: 1-450-796-3504

Pierre Gosselin Beekeeper and hydromellier

Meil Natural
395, chemin du canal
Melocheville J0S 1J0

Tel: 1-450-429-5869
Fax: 1-450-429-5869
Courriel : info@mielnature.com

Ferme Apicole Desrochers D .
113, Rang 2
Gravel Ferme-Neuve, Quebec J0W 1C0

Tel: 1-819-587-3471

Intermiel
10291, De La Fresniére Rd.
Mirabel, Saint-Benoît, Quebec J0N 1K0

Tel: 1-514-258-2713
www.intermiel.com

Le Rucher Bernard Bee Bec & Assoc des hyrdomeliers du Quebec
152, rue Principale
Beebe Plain, Quebec JOB 1E0

Tel: 1-819-876-2800

Les Entreprises Prince- Leclerc
239, chemin Haut de la Paroisse
St-Agapit, Quebec G0S 1Z0

Tel: 1-418-888-3323

Les Vins Mustier Gerzer
3299, Route 209
St-Antoine Abbe, Quebec J0S 1E0

Tel: 1-514-826-4609

Muse'e de l'Abeille & Les Ruchers Pomiel, Inc
8862, Blvd Ste-Anne

Chateau-Richer, Quebec G0A N0

Tel: 1-418-824-4411

Rucher Les Saules
27, chemin Saxby
Nord Saxby Corner
Granby, Quebec J2G 8C7

Tel: 1-514-372-3403

Rucher Tete en Fleurs
CP 222
St Anaclet, Quebec
G0K 1HO

Photo from Tugwell Creek Honey Farm

Songs About Mead

Drinking mead in the halls of Whiterun
The maidens and the men!
We swig our brew
Until we spew
Then we fill our mugs again!
You can keep your filthy Skooma
It makes our bellies bleed
Cause when we raise our flagon
To another dead dragon
There is just one drink we need...
NORD MEAD!

When I come back from a mighty quest I have no need for sleep or rest I head to a tavern for a drink And get so drunk I cannot think A wench by my side and a jug of mead These are the things that I most need So I sit back and sing this song And drink and party all night long

A Poem

I WILL adore the Ruler, chief of every place,
Him, that supports the heaven: Lord of everything.
Him, that made the water for every one good,
Him, that made every gift, and prospers it.
May Maelgwn of Mona be affected with mead, and affect us,
From the foaming mead-horns, with the choicest pure liquor,
Which the bees collect, and do not enjoy.
Mead distilled sparkling, its praise is everywhere.
The multitude of creatures which the earth nourishes,
God made for man to enrich him.
Some fierce, some mute, he enjoys them.
Some wild, some tame, the Lord makes them.
Their coverings become clothing.
For food, for drink, till doom they will continue.
I will implore the Ruler, sovereign of the country of peace,
To liberate Elphin from banishment.
The man who gave me wine and ale and mead.
And the great princely steeds, beautiful their appearance,
May he yet give me bounty to the end.
By the will of God, he will give in honour,
Five five-hundred festivals in the way of peace.
Elphinian knight of mead, late be thy time of rest.

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