Mead sometimes known as honey wine or as TechKnow host Phil Torres calls it “hipster honey” may be the granddaddy of all alcoholic beverages. Early Greeks clinked goblets with it, King Midas’s tomb had drinking cups laced with mead, even the Vikings slugged it. Today, this beloved ancient beverage has attracted the palates of the eco-conscious and craft movement connoisseurs, with over 200 meaderies popping up around the country. Scientists are even looking into the health benefits of mead, seeing if it could fight antibiotic resistant pathogens.
TechKnow visited Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes, California to report on the scientific process behind the elixir and to spend time with the royals behind the drink: the Queen and her honeybees of course.