Making Mead with Rebecca Schwendler

Making Mead with Rebecca Schwendler


Drink of ancient heroes and modern wizards, mead is known archaeologically to be at least 5,000 years old and may be much older than that. Mead is probably one of the first alcoholic beverages our ancestors ever consumed. Unlike beer, whiskey, and wine, mead is created from completely wild, naturally occurring ingredients rather than domesticated grains and grapes. As a result, mead is a very approachable and personable drink that is easy to make and infinitely adaptable to personal taste and experimentation. This workshop will begin with a brief history of mead and its appearance in ancient and modern literature. Next will come a summary of the great variety of mead-like drinks that can be made. During the heart of the workshop, participants will start their own half-gallon batches of mead using pure honey and water, and optionally flavored with one or more flowers, herbs, fruits, or woods of their choosing.

Dr. Rebecca Schwendler is a professional archaeologist, amateur Celtophile, and lover of things old, wild, and botanical. She earned a Ph.D. in anthropology/archaeology at the University of New Mexico in 2004, studying personal adornment and social competition of Upper Paleolithic hunter-gatherers in western Europe. Subsequently she learned to make mead from a graduate school friend while helping him with an archaeology project in Albuquerque, New Mexico more than ten years ago. If she had not gone into archaeology she probably would have built a career in ethnobotany so she was immediately drawn to mead making. Becoming intoxicated by mead’s taste, connection to the ancient Celts, ease of creation, and mutability, she has experimented with different botanically-based flavors since then. After moving to Colorado in late 2007 and spending over three years working for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, getting fired up about more recent history, in 2012 she became a principal investigator and project manager for a Denver archaeological consulting firm. The following year she fulfilled a childhood dream by adopting a formerly wild mustang, which led her to Three Leaf Farm.

Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Kitchenette

Cancellations within 2 weeks of workshop are NOT REFUNDABLE, but may be transferable.

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