Just in case you don’t know what meads are: Nectar of the Gods!
Okay, but really, the Wikipedia definition is: an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops. The alcoholic content ranges from about 8% ABV to more than 20%. The defining characteristic of mead is that the majority of the beverage’s fermentable sugar is derived from honey. It may be still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling; dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. The terms “mead” and “honey-wine” often are used synonymously.
Misbeehavin’ Meads in Valparaiso, IN (in Northwest Indiana) is a local meadery (Is that right? Let’s just say winery then?) that ferments some marvelous meads! Their tasting room is simple but lovely. They offer about 10 meads at a time with some traditional offerings as well as a variety of experimental, inventive flavors with interesting names (there was a mead named I Just Blue Myself, blueberry flavored). Annually, they release around 50 different meads, exploring different fruits and a variety of honeys. Many of their meads are unconventional, featuring unusual ingredients and processes. Many of their meads are aged in barrels of distinct woods.
With all their new releases, they keep you coming back to taste what’s new!
This was our first visit so my friend and I opted for a flight (four 2oz. pours for $10) to try some out. The staff was so helpful and friendly (I think the 2 guys there serving may have been the owners/business partners since they were extremely knowledgeable and passionate). They recommended their favorites/best sellers and also some based on our preferences. I decided to try the Tupelo Blossom, Mango Walk, The Oddcider (they also make ciders), and Berry the Dead. The fact that the server ordered my selection based on palatal effects was impressive and I loved the experience as I went from lighter to stronger, simple to complex flavors.
My favorites were the Mango Walk and Berry the Dead. Berry the Dead was released that day and, according to the staff, response was great and sales were off to a stupendous start. I could definitely taste why. The flavors were fantastically bold!
My friend and I shared another flight before leaving and were pleased to be offered water and pretzels (available upon request). These were strong so I was feeling a little buzz and decided it best to consume some solid sustenance and drink some water before heading out.
Some of their upcoming releasing are:
Le Miel en Rose
It’s Not You- It’s Mead
I will certainly return to try Le Miel en Rose!
They do sell bottles of their meads in store so if you like any enough to take home, you can purchase one. I should’ve brought some Mango Walk home …