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Experience Our Meaderies “Mead of Poetry” is a Norse legend illustrating the reverence people had for this drink. Long ago, a war between gods ended when both enemies sealed a pact by spitting in a vat. The disgusting spit concoction created Kvasir, the wisest, most learned and artistic human to ever live. Unfortunately for him, he soon fell victim of two cunning dwarves who killed him. The dwarves poured his blood into a vat of honey creating a mead giving Kvasir’s wisdom and knowledge to anyone drinking it. The tasty elixir became known as the “Mead of Poetry.” Eventually, the dwarves surrendered their mead to the son of a giant they had previously slain. Next, Odin, a Norse god, stole the Mead for his own use. If Odin were amongst us today, he certainly would be impressed by Alberta’s wonderful mead offerings. The advent of science coupled with our producers’ talents and artistry certainly qualify Alberta’s meads as “Meads of Poetry.” There are five meaderies along the Cowboy Trail producing outstanding honey wines. As well as tastings, some offer fun experiences like Chinook Arch Meadery’s ‘Horde at the Hive’ to be held June 1-2, 2019 where visitors can experience the culture of a Viking Village complete with performers. These meaderies rival each other in originality and quality in their mead products, using local fruits and other ingredients to create uniquely Albertan wines. Visit their tasting rooms to discover their products. To help you with mead terminology we list below some of the mead styles on offer. Taste, ask questions and learn. Our mead producers will love you for it. “Skol!” By: Renée Delorme

Meads

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Hydromel: Basic light mead

Tamarack Jack’s “Buzz Saw”

Sack mead: Sweet/ dessert style mead

Grey Owl’s “Cranberry”

Rhodomel: Honey infused with rose petals

Spirit Hills’ “Wild Rosy”

Melomel: Honey fermented with fruits

Spirit Hills’ “Saskwatch” or T amarack Jack’s “Tillicum”

Cyser: Honey fermented with apple or apple juice

Grey Owl Meadery’s “Apple”

Metheglin: Honey infused with spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves

Chinook Arch’s “Fire ‘n’ Spice Mead’

Bochet: Mead made with caramelized honey

Chinook Arch’s “Vanilla Bochet Mead”

Session: a low alcohol, carbonated mead

Fallentimber’s “Hopped Mead”

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