From the Sap House (http://www.saphousemeadery.com/):
"Beer is from grain, wine is from grapes and mead is made from honey. Mead is the oldest fermented beverage in the world; predating grape wine and beer - going back to the Egyptians over 7000 years ago. Some remember it from the stories of Beowulf, Robin Hood, Game of Thrones, the Vikings and Middle Ages, but goes back much farther in time. Believe it or not the term "Honeymoon" was derived from mead. It was believed that in the Anglo-Saxon period, on their wedding day, the grooms parent would provide the newlywed couple enough mead to last one full month or moon cycle. It was believed that the consumption of all of this mead would help in the conception of a boy. Thus carrying on the namesake and lineage of the paternal family.
Our process at Sap House Meadery is not much different than the ways of the past. Maybe a little more knowledge and understanding of how it works, but the principals and concepts remain. We dissolve honey and water together, add a cultured wine yeast and before long, the wine yeast is eating the sugars in the honey, turning the sugars into alcohol and CO2. This fermentation takes place for 4-5 weeks. Once the fermentation has almost completed, we transfer our newly fermented liquid into a new sanitized tank. This is called racking. We will rack our meads every 6-8 weeks for about a year. When we began, we would age for a minimum of 6 months, but now with our expansion, we are able to age much longer than that. This aging process is critical to a complex, smooth and enjoyable mead.
Enjoying mead should be a multi-dimensional experience. The finished product should be well-balanced, well-bodied and complex. When you sip our meads you should find in them the perfect balance of acidity, sweetness, and mouth feel. The alcohol within mead should itself become a complexity, subtle and never too apparent. In taste and in aromatics delicate notes of honey should present themselves. To craft a well-balanced mead is an art, although we only dictate so much of the process. We cannot tell the mead when to be ready. With the proper time in aging, and the choicest ingredients possible, it tells us.
At Sap House Meadery we value community building and strive to source our ingredients locally. We are committed to creating a product that is steeped in history, produced naturally, and enjoyed universally. Our meads are created with a passion for the land and in homage to the bees that keep the land going. Ask for our meads at your local wine shop or grocer, and stop by the Meadery to enjoy our process, have a tasting, and experience our passion."
A dry mead made with honey and Great Northern Berries honeyberries!
Made with a ‘ridiculous’ amount of Great Northern Berries raspberries and honey, this mead is a sweet dessert mead!
Maple mead (anciently known as Acerglyn), is an off-dry mead with notes of apples, flowers and caramel. Medium bodied and perfectly balanced with acidity and sweetness. Sugar Maple Mead pairs very well with pork, white fish and lamb, roasted or grilled fowl, especially when seasoned with warm herbs like Rosemary or Sage.
Hopped Blueberry Maple
This mead is made with Willamette hops, whole plump blueberries, maple syrup and honey. The hops in this mead bring forward a fresh citrus note that helps balance the sweetness of the maple syrup and honey. The whole blueberries contribute a wonderful purple color and also tannins from their skins; making this mead more wine-like than most of our meads. Though all our meads are lovely at room temperature, please try this one with a little chill. Perhaps, even on ice.
Just enough sweetness to really give the vanilla some meat to grab on to but not enough to be cloying. The fair trade and organic Indian vanilla beans used in this mead have a more subtle, floral sweetness to them. As opposed to a more spicy Madagascar bean, these impart an almost cream soda quality to the finish.
Break out your best snifter or scotch glass, pour a finger or two and let it breath, warm and open up.
Simplicity in a glass. A million flowers from all corners of Northern New England brought together by a million bees and given to you. Our mead tend toward the drier side overall and the Traditional more than most. It is light bodied and flavored. Just a hint of the floral, almost minty quality from the alfalfa the nectar was harvested from. Enough sweetness to remind you that this is, in fact, honey made into wine.
This mead could be compared to an un-oaked Chardonnay due to its softness and mild quality. We recommend it chilled in a standard white wine glass.
From Hermit Woods (www.hermitwoods.com):
"Old world character meets new world fruit—each of our award-winning and handcrafted wines is made from a unique combination of locally sourced fruit, honey, and flowers, in some cases wild-foraged. Our process is devotedly hands-on from vine to bottle, using old world techniques with the highest level of care and integrity. The result is wine with rich, complex flavors. All of our wines are vegan (with the exception of honey wines), gluten-free, raw, and mostly organic to Best Management Practices—and an excellent accompaniment to a variety of foods.The care and creativity that goes into our wines have resulted in Hermit Woods becoming one of Northern New England’s most sought-after artisan brands. If you can’t visit us at the winery, you can find our award-winning wines for sale at select, independently owned liquor stores and restaurants throughout New Hampshire."
Great Northern Berries strawberries and a touch of whole organic rhubarb fermented together into a surprisingly light and refreshing wine with a mouthwatering tang and lingering dryness (augmented by a wine made from local Autumn berries). Enjoy this medium sweetness wine with salads and lighter fare.
2014 Honeyberry Wine
A wonderful cold hardy fruit grown pesticide free by Great Northern Berries here in NH, these honeyberries are reminiscent of blueberries but with their own unique flavor. This wine is crafted as a rich, dark, complex wine bursting with bright acidity and dark berry flavors.
Barrel aged for 22 months, this bright, aromatic, rich red wine has grape wine depth, but is made from the wonderful 2012 cropof organic blackcurrants also used in our Melange of that year.
Somewhat similar to our Petite Blue but for additional fermentable sugars, we use pure maple syrup created over a wood-fired stropping pan and the sap from our and other local sugar maple trees. This off-dry wine is bursting with fresh blueberry aromas and flavors and is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins combined with the smoky sweetness of maple syrup.
Sparkling Harvest Apple
Our Harvest Apple wine delivered to you with a lovely effervescence that will bring out the light fruitiness of the apple and dance in your mouth through to its long and delightful finish. This wine, finely crafted from French and English heirloom apple, quince, and crabapples goes excellent on its own or with food, outstanding with lobster. Serve chilled.
A red wine made from whole, organic blackberries, French yeast, and barrel aged to provide concentration, structure, and long-engaging flavors. A complex wine with good aging potential, enjoy on its own or with chicken, fish, or pork dishes.