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Experiments & Adventures in Mead Making

My first encounter with 'Mead' was quite some years ago - a well known & commercial brew from the Northumbria region. It was a pleasant encounter but certainly not one which I exulted about from the highest tree tops. Since then, my mead drinking has been relatively limited. Then, in November of 2014, while 'foraging, feasting, playing' in Scotland, I was introduced to 'homebrewed' meads, lovingly and artistically created by my now friend and fellow forager, Andrew McFarlane, aka 'McMead'. Andrew, who 'husbands' bees at his home in South East England, creates his delightful beverages with the raw, unpasteurised honey produced by his bees. At the same time Andrew utilises his extensive knowledge of herbs and natural medicines, adding various wild herbal and edible ingredients into them. The first mead of Andrews I sampled was a Mugwort & Yarrow version and I was instantly hooked! The bold, gutsy, yet simple complexity had me reeling with…