Saturday August 8, Pacific Gravity joined brewers around the world in celebrating American Homebrewer’s Association’s Mead Day. (Ok, there was only one site out of the USA, some meadsters in Russia joined in on the fun.)
37 sites were registered and 19 sites have reported in for a total of 231 gallons of mead in 52 batches and 302 people participating. Our site had 20 people participate and 4 people made meads. To watch for a final total of AHA Mead Day, go to http://www.beertown.org/events/meadday/celebrate.html
Since mead is so easy to brew, we had a leisurely start time of 12:00 noon. In no time at all we had 5 batches completed, totaling 8 gallons. I made an experimental batch of agave nectar mead using only agave (is that still a mead?). We’ll have to wait until next year to try it.
There was plenty of mead to sample and sample we did. Thanks to all who brought samples of their mead, we had quite a few examples. We sampled the mead that was made last year on Mead Day, and we tasted the mead I added apricots from Ian Fraser’s backyard, as well as the batch I added black walnut to. We also made a special drink of the afternoon, meadjitos! I blended a mix of fresh squeezed lime juice with mint and honey and we served it mixed with mead, crushed ice and sparkling water. Perfect for a sunny afternoon of meadmaking.
Michael Steinburg made us some quesadillas on the BBQ, and several people brought munchies to share. Of course we weren’t limited to mead and the homebrew flowed freely.
After the mead was made we had a fun time in the Carriage House Tap Room, playing darts and enjoying mead and homebrew.
I’m already looking forward to next year’s Mead Day!