Beekeepers, vintners rediscover nectar of the gods

Beekeepers, vintners rediscover nectar of the gods

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BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 22: Bees cover a honeycomb rack as urban beekeeper Erika Mayr checks on the health as well as the honey content of one of her honey bee colonies on the roof of a building in Kreuzberg district on May 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Mayr is among a growing number of city dwellers who are giving urban beekeeping a try. She maintains colonies that contain approximately 200,000 bees at two rooftop locations in Berlin, and sells the 100kg of honey she harvests annually at local markets. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on September 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 2 at 2:02 PM

GROTON, Vt. (AP) — Once called the nectar of the gods, the oldest fermented beverage is seeing a renaissance.

Beekeepers and vintners are rediscovering mead, an alcoholic drink made of fermented honey and water. These days, fruits, spices and even carbonation are being added for distinct flavors that aren't a far cry from the beverage favored during the Middle Ages.

American Mead Makers Association President Chris Webber estimates there are 200 to 250 commercial mead makers in the U.S., up from just 100 five years ago.

Some are beekeepers-turned-mead makers looking to find other ways to sell their honey. Others are craft beer brewers-turned-mead makers with some now dabbling in beekeeping to produce their own honey.

A Vermont meadery called Artesano opened in 2008 and says it sells out of 20,000 bottles a year.

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