In 2002 the American Homebrewers Association declared the first Saturday in August as National Mead Day. With multiple local meaderies now crafting modern takes on ancient honey wine, here are 7 ways to celebrate this weekend:
1. Make a trip to Oceanside’s Golden Coast Mead, the first local meadery, founded in 2010. They’re tapping a special batch of mead created specifically for this holiday, and Living Earth Systems is bringing an observation beehive to show patrons. There’s also a GCM tasting room in the town of Julian.
2. Visit Vista’s Twisted Horn Mead & Cider, where you can drink from a ram’s horn when you join their premium membership program. Devil Dogs Catering is selling BBQ from 2 – 8 p.m.
3. Check out Trivia Night at Bronto Mead in Mira Mesa from 7 – 9 p.m. Winners get a free bottle of mead!
4. Head down to Ballast Point’s Little Italy location to taste a collaboration “braggot” (mead made with malt) with Escondido’s Meadiocrity. Bottles of Meadiocrity have also been spotted at Trader Joe’s locations.
5. Stop by Normal Heights’ Bine & Vine for bottles of Mysterious Mead from Ramona; fresh batches of Berry Blend and Meyer Lemon just arrived.
6. Grab pours or flights of mead at Hamiltons Tavern’s celebration. Golden Coast and Mysterious Mead will be featured, along with Michigan’s B. Nektar and Colorado’s Redstone.
7. Plan for the future of San Diego mead: Sign up for a guided brew day, either September 9 or November 4 at Golden Coast Mead, via local organizer Craft Your Own Adventure. Also, follow the progress of under-construction mead-makers Raging Cider & Mead Co (San Marcos), Lost Cause Meadery (sharing space with Serpentine Cider in Miramar), Hidden Hive Meadery (Vista), and Mjødhall Meadery (Vista). Some of these producers will be in attendance at the Vista Viking Festival on September 23.
Update/Bonus Entry: Golden Coast Mead pours every Saturday at the Little Italy Farmer’s Market!