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(Oregon Live)   Portland hipsters proclaim hard cider OVER, are now into mead. "I think a lot of people are looking for something more interesting," says beekeeping supply store manager   (oregonlive.com) divider line 226
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2014-02-25 09:22:26 PM  

vudukungfu: I was into mead before hipsters parents thought about making hipster babbys and before it was cool.
Hot, mulled mead.


What he said.
 
2014-02-25 09:22:37 PM  
Pabst blue ribbon still cool right?
 
2014-02-25 09:23:20 PM  
I've been making mead for about 5 years.
Google 'Joe's ancient mead' if you would like to try making a very good, easy orange mead.
You can thank me later.
 
2014-02-25 09:24:52 PM  
If we point out that having a life is very mainstream these days will the hipsters die?
 
2014-02-25 09:30:48 PM  
I have been into peaty Scotch and aged port wines lately. I have found 30 years to be the sweet spot. More flavor and body than the 20 year, not as harsh as 40 year.
 
2014-02-25 09:33:24 PM  

vudukungfu: I was into mead before hipsters parents thought about making hipster babbys and before it was cool.
Hot, mulled mead.


What spices do you use to mull mead? for wine I use a orange peel, some raisins, 4 cloves and half a stick of cinnamon shavings packed into a cheesecloth pouch
 
2014-02-25 09:34:12 PM  
Drank mead for years, good ones aren't that sweet...more dry than that.  My favorite commercially bottled mead is Chaucer's (partly because the bottle includes bags of spices for mulling).  I find that if you let the mead "air" for about a day it takes on nice, dark, notes that taste a bit like port wine.

Also I will likely be mocked for this, but I swear that when I am buzzed on mead, I can "hear" music better,  it makes more sense to me somehow, can hear individual instruments more clearly etc.

This doesn't happen with beer, whiskey, or cider but it does with mead.  And historically there always has been an association with mead and bards and skalds
 
2014-02-25 09:34:19 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: We have an entire bar in SE Portland that is nothing but hard cider. They make their own and have a decent tap selection. Best bottle selection I've veg seen anywhere though. Bushwhacker - if you're in Portland and want amazing cider, it's a must. I wasn't big into cider until I moved to the PNW. Too sweet corporate mass produced shiat wasn't for me. Our cider up here though is epic, high gravity, dry, scrumpy, and eveyprythung in between. Hell we have dry hopped ciders that are epic. Two Towns Cidery out of Salem OR is well worth checking out if you're up here. The Bad Apple at 11% is no joke and is delicious and the Brightcider is on draft at many places in town.

I always thought cider was a girls drink, turns out it's amazing and perfect for crippling alcoholics like me.

/ask me your cider questions, it's my favorite shiat.


Umm, you seem like you've been tippling and will be a decent source of info.
No judgement.

/PDX native
//lived in neighborhoods before they were cool
///many
 
2014-02-25 09:36:38 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Man I miss this stuff:


Me too. I was working at a liquor store when they replaced that with their godawful pear shiat. Delivery driver said every store had the same disappointed reaction. Since then it's been Strongbow for me.
 
2014-02-25 09:37:24 PM  

Lord Jubjub: Call me when I can find straight applejack at the local liquor store.  All I could ever find was cut 2:3 with neutral spirits.


Fox News informs me that 98.6% of American Households have a freezer.

Just sayin'...
 
2014-02-25 09:40:02 PM  
Here in Indiana, we've been all about hard cider (Johnny Appleseed is buried here) AND mead

sipology.files.wordpress.com

DELICIOUS
 
2014-02-25 09:40:37 PM  

DeaH: I live deep in the land of the uncool, and there is a very nice Mead that has been made here for decades. Check out Valley Vineyards sometime.


If you're ever up in Canton check out Meniru Meadery & Brewery LLC, very very good meads, braggot, cysers, etc. I happened upon them while looking for a microbrewery on my way to a scouting event. The owner is a doctor who started as a hobbyist but decided to go commercial after winning a bunch of awards.
 
2014-02-25 09:42:30 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I always thought cider was a girls drink, turns out it's amazing and perfect for crippling alcoholics like me.


s.mlkshk.com
 
2014-02-25 09:46:23 PM  

fusillade762: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I always thought cider was a girls drink, turns out it's amazing and perfect for crippling alcoholics like me.


That my favorite Kids in the Hall sketch if all time

/30 Helens agree
 
2014-02-25 09:54:25 PM  
Skyrim is over two years old and people are just getting into mead?
 
2014-02-25 10:00:14 PM  

Lord Jubjub: Call me when I can find straight applejack at the local liquor store.  All I could ever find was cut 2:3 with neutral spirits.


Can't get Calvados in your area?
 
2014-02-25 10:03:26 PM  
Mead shall come in pottery bottles, served cold and shall be shared with friends over roasted boar and watching a witch burn. So festive an ambiance.


http://www.saq.com/page/en/saqcom/hydromel-fortifie/intermiel-mediev al -reserve/11259296


s7d9.scene7.com
 
2014-02-25 10:07:10 PM  
You guys, you can KEEP your filthy "skooma".
 
2014-02-25 10:07:32 PM  
Nothing's better than a warm Dicken"s Cider -  Dickens Cider
 
2014-02-25 10:08:45 PM  

minoridiot: Lord Jubjub: Call me when I can find straight applejack at the local liquor store.  All I could ever find was cut 2:3 with neutral spirits.

Can't get Calvados in your area?


Calvados is a clear, unaged eau de vie. Applejack is a variously barrel-aged (ideally) pure-fruit brandy. The color, smell and taste are worlds apart.
(And freeze-distilled applejack is a great way to concentrate everything from popskull to fusel oils in your drink)
 
2014-02-25 10:15:55 PM  
I always knew that, at some point in my life, my laziness regarding facial hair would eventually come in style.
 
2014-02-25 10:21:22 PM  

Gunny Highway: It has been mead for a while now.  Saw it at a Renaissance Faire a few years back and have noticed it here and there since.


Heck, I was drinking mead at the North Faire in 1976.
 
2014-02-25 10:21:54 PM  
/CSB

I used to work with the owner of Beethinking in IT before he became a beekeeper.  I also briefly worked for the company.

/homebrewer
//also lives in PDX
///getting a kick
 
2014-02-25 10:22:56 PM  
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2014-02-25 10:45:27 PM  
I prefer rum, aged rum, stout, and cognac.  My tastes change about every 5 years.
Not sure if I work with any hipsters, but if I do they would be the only ones I know.
I just drink whatever seems good at the moment.  Aren't most people like that?
 
2014-02-25 10:46:28 PM  
What happens if i like what i like and damn anyone else who likes or doesnt like it?

I could care less about hipsters but dont care to make the effort to overrule the cultural memes ive absorbed about then.
 
2014-02-25 10:47:05 PM  

insertsnarkyusername: Mead is nice but I prefer it blended with some sort of fruit wine. That's what I'd really like to see, you can't buy a decent fruit wine barely anywhere and I live in the land of hipsters.


Sounds like you're looking for a melomel and not a mead. Melomels are made with honey and fruits, not just honey
 
2014-02-25 10:50:29 PM  
Wassail bars, the future is here.
 
2014-02-25 10:51:40 PM  

Mr. Eugenides: Reverend J: [www.runewebvitki.com image 850x378] All approve

12 out of 13 warriors agree.


"I cannot taste either the fermentation of grape, nor of wheat..."

-laughing-

"What, why do you laugh?"

"Honey...it's made from honey!"
 
2014-02-25 10:58:00 PM  

ransack.: Here in Indiana, we've been all about hard cider (Johnny Appleseed is buried here) AND mead

[sipology.files.wordpress.com image 214x515]

DELICIOUS


Oh man, a sunday drunk drink back in the day in B-town in the 80's!  I love Oliver Winery.

Coolest story bro man dude (if you are, in-fact, a  dudemanbro) is that this is now available at the local liquor store down here in Florida -- and at an affordable price.

/go hoosiers
 
2014-02-25 11:01:09 PM  
mead in the meadow is yummy
 
2014-02-25 11:15:16 PM  

Creoena: Hard cider isn't hip anymore?  Good, just means more for me.


THIS^

/we can share
//sipping a Crispin Classic English
 
2014-02-25 11:16:25 PM  

GuySaults: Mead is so 2012.  My son's blackberry mead is known as "liquid panty remover" in Bowling Green.


My pyment (grape mead) and my perennial ginger meads have worked very well in that respect for over a decade. Not gonna say they never fail, but man...they have certain charms!
 
2014-02-25 11:17:15 PM  
I was going to post how I have been drinking it for years, then I realized that's the same as saying I was drinking it before it was cool, which is what a hipster would say...but I just did say it...which means I just acted like a hipster...but I hate hipsters...entering hipster douche bag spiral...can't pull up...getting dizzy! I'm going to crash!

Mmmm mead.
 
2014-02-25 11:19:27 PM  
2 more weeks and my order of a bottle of cherry mead and a bottle of 2 year aged mead will be ready.  I've never had it but I drink damned near everything so it'll find a special place in my belly.
 
2014-02-25 11:20:18 PM  
Hah.. I would love to see some hipster douche try one of my favorite mead:  Viking Blod . Would probably knock them out of their skinny jeans and cabby hats.
 
2014-02-25 11:21:49 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: We have an entire bar in SE Portland that is nothing but hard cider. They make their own and have a decent tap selection. Best bottle selection I've veg seen anywhere though. Bushwhacker - if you're in Portland and want amazing cider, it's a must. I wasn't big into cider until I moved to the PNW. Too sweet corporate mass produced shiat wasn't for me. Our cider up here though is epic, high gravity, dry, scrumpy, and eveyprythung in between. Hell we have dry hopped ciders that are epic. Two Towns Cidery out of Salem OR is well worth checking out if you're up here. The Bad Apple at 11% is no joke and is delicious and the Brightcider is on draft at many places in town.

I always thought cider was a girls drink, turns out it's amazing and perfect for crippling alcoholics like me.

/ask me your cider questions, it's my favorite shiat.


You're lucky - I don't live in an apple-growing region so I have to make my cider from kits. NZ Black Rock is great - 750 grams dextrose, 250 grams dried corn syrup, and 2 cans of unfiltered pear juce makes a nice, dry cider that's perfect on a hot day. Takes a while after it's bottled to really shine, but it's worth the wait.
 
2014-02-25 11:27:30 PM  

fusillade762: I thought komucha was the new hotness?


Is that fermented mare's milk?
 
2014-02-25 11:27:31 PM  

ol' gormsby: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: We have an entire bar in SE Portland that is nothing but hard cider. They make their own and have a decent tap selection. Best bottle selection I've veg seen anywhere though. Bushwhacker - if you're in Portland and want amazing cider, it's a must. I wasn't big into cider until I moved to the PNW. Too sweet corporate mass produced shiat wasn't for me. Our cider up here though is epic, high gravity, dry, scrumpy, and eveyprythung in between. Hell we have dry hopped ciders that are epic. Two Towns Cidery out of Salem OR is well worth checking out if you're up here. The Bad Apple at 11% is no joke and is delicious and the Brightcider is on draft at many places in town.

I always thought cider was a girls drink, turns out it's amazing and perfect for crippling alcoholics like me.

/ask me your cider questions, it's my favorite shiat.

You're lucky - I don't live in an apple-growing region so I have to make my cider from kits. NZ Black Rock is great - 750 grams dextrose, 250 grams dried corn syrup, and 2 cans of unfiltered pear juce makes a nice, dry cider that's perfect on a hot day. Takes a while after it's bottled to really shine, but it's worth the wait.


I fin dry ciders on hot days are the BEST! The little hippy chicken wing place by me has these amazing raspberry habanero wings and Crispin in a can. Summer days with that are hat to beat. I'm ready for summer, f this rain stuff (although it's supposed to be 55F and decent this week).

Cheers on your cider tho, sounds delicious!
 
2014-02-25 11:31:03 PM  
 
2014-02-25 11:33:57 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Great, so we're going to have hipsters at Renaissance Fairs now?


God I want to make that happen. Nerds vs. Hipsters. Fight! Now kiss!
 
2014-02-25 11:35:22 PM  
This thread has given me hope in mead. I will bookmark and study the info collected here as I can hope there will be one post which will result in a recommendation which does not taste like honey-water with a shot of vinegar. I've tried the stuff 3x from differing sources (including a popular commercial brand from Poland) and have been disappoint each time.

(And by "disappoint" I mean "disappointed". [Geez, oh Pete, I simply can *not* do Internets.])
 
2014-02-25 11:38:33 PM  
We have a meadery that finally opened up here last month. They got hosed with the government shutdown last year and have been jumped through hoops of fire just to get started up. Their cyser with a shot of Fireball Whiskey thrown in is pretty tasty.
leakyroofmeadery.com
 
2014-02-25 11:39:06 PM  

anuran: minoridiot: Lord Jubjub: Call me when I can find straight applejack at the local liquor store.  All I could ever find was cut 2:3 with neutral spirits.

Can't get Calvados in your area?

Calvados is a clear, unaged eau de vie. Applejack is a variously barrel-aged (ideally) pure-fruit brandy. The color, smell and taste are worlds apart.
(And freeze-distilled applejack is a great way to concentrate everything from popskull to fusel oils in your drink)


Calvados is required by French law to spend at least 2 years in wood, but 20 years is not uncommon.
 
2014-02-25 11:41:16 PM  

Big 900: Satanic_Hamster: Man I miss this stuff:

Me too. I was working at a liquor store when they replaced that with their godawful pear shiat. Delivery driver said every store had the same disappointed reaction. Since then it's been Strongbow for me.


The Dark and Dry is good, though no where near as good as Colonial.  I'd be going through a case of that a month regardless of what else I was drinking.
 
2014-02-25 11:45:53 PM  
Grog, biatches, grog
 
2014-02-25 11:46:29 PM  

zimbomba63: deeyablo: Oldiron_79: Call me when hops bomb IPAs die out and are old news.

I agree. It's freakin silly. Pointless. A waste.

Show us the pictures where you have been forced to drink them at gun point.  Put'em up or shut up.

/ I'm not a big fan of lagers, but, I don't piss and moan every time I see one.
// Don't buy them and your problem is solved


Thank you for saving me the keystrokes.

/IPAs aren't going anywhere
 
2014-02-25 11:46:56 PM  
145 comments and only one use of the word buzz.

No jokes about "They're looking for a new buzz" or "the local buzz is all about mead" or "bzz bzz bz bz bzzzz bz bzzb bz bzzzz"
 
2014-02-25 11:54:56 PM  
Nice. We're almost ready to bottle a batch made from fireweed honey done with some pear and white oak. We're letting it get pretty dry this time, about 1.008.
 
2014-02-25 11:58:14 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Big 900: Satanic_Hamster: Man I miss this stuff:

Me too. I was working at a liquor store when they replaced that with their godawful pear shiat. Delivery driver said every store had the same disappointed reaction. Since then it's been Strongbow for me.

The Dark and Dry is good, though no where near as good as Colonial.  I'd be going through a case of that a month regardless of what else I was drinking.


Honestly I've never had the dark and dry, but I'm pretty faithful to the 500 ml cans of Strongbow. My wife became a huge fan of the stuff while she studied in Scotland, so it's pretty much a requirement in our beer fridge. Even more so since her favorite thing to do after, um, "relations" is to go grab a can for us to share.
 
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