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Mead in the USA

Mead in the USA

Mead in the United States of America is growing very quickly, a new meadery is opening every three days on average in the USA and every seven days in the rest of the world.


Here’s three fun facts about mead in the States that you may not have known:


1. Melomel (Fruit infused mead) is the most popular style.

2. 67% of all meaderies in the USA are under 5 years old.

3. The US only had 30 commercial meaderies in 2003. Now there are more than 500 estimated to be active.

Just to bring things back to home a bit, mead in the UK is growing slowly. "The mead industry is only just beginning to take off in the UK, however, tactics appear to be the same has in the US] - a strong craft stance, with the addition of sophisticated glass enclosures which help highlight the premium nature of the product," - Charles Sissens (Consumer analyst at Global Data)

In our latest podcast episode we speak with Vicky (GotMead?), Jeff (Superstition), Matt (All Wise), Jeff (Liquid Alchemy) & James (Charm City) about Mead in the states and how the industry is so unique and awesome.

Listen on:

Apple Podcasts or Spotify

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Gosnells Presents | The Mead Podcast

Gosnells Presents | The Mead Podcast

The Mead Podcast with Gosnells

Introducing, The Mead Podcast with Gosnells! We're so happy to finally be releasing the first episode of our brand new podcast which we have been working hard on over the past few weeks. Our first episode is titled, 'Why Mead?', why not go and have a listen and let us know what you think? This podcast will focus on mead, honey, yeast, fermentation and the drinks industry.

In the first episode, we go in depth with meaderies around the world on what sparked them to start brewing mead and why? Featuring industry giants such as Superstition Meadery, All-Wise Meadery, Charm City Meadworks and more! Listen here: The Mead Podcast


Over the next few weeks we will be speaking with some of the biggest meaderies, beekeepers, mead fans and honey aficionados from around the world about a whole host of mead related topics, from how they got started, what honey they use and what they think about the future of the industry. We will be going into detail about honey and how it can create such incredible flavours and why.

For any enquiries or if you would like to be featured on the show, contact podcast@gosnells.co.uk.

We really hope you enjoy the first series!

Cheers,

Ted & Tom

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Gosnells First Sour Mead

Gosnells First Sour Mead

When I first tasted the original Gosnells I knew that the balance between the sweetness of honey and a complex acidity profile of mixed fermentation was a direction I wanted to explore.

Given just the starting simple sugar profile of honey brewing a complex acid profile with enough body structure has been a hurdle.

Developing this sour has certainly not been easy but after many trails (some successful and many much less successful) we've finally created a product that marries the sweetness with the sour and is reminiscent of a traditional spontaneous fermentation flavour profile.

We've achieved this balance by developing a blending program, much like lambic styles, to get the exact balance of acidity dialled in.

For our first release, we've blended a combination of mixed, single strain and open top fermentation. This allows not only a funky fun flavour profile but also allows for better consistency.

Using Spanish Orange Blossom Honey as a base for all the ferments was an easy decision. Its light and citrus profile allows for another string to the acidity bow with the honey itself being around 3.9 ph.

With the movement being towards kettle souring in the beer industry, we decided to create a more complex acidity profile as LAB produce a fruity but thin mono-tonal acidity profile. Using acetobacter as well as 2 LAB strains and a few other tricks, created our first ever sour mead, which has complex layers of flavour, a puckering sourness, and our signature honey flavour!

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