Congratulations to Kookoolan Farms, whose World Meadery has garnered a silver medal at the prestigious annual Mazer Cup International! The Mazer Cup is the world’s largest mead-only competition with 350 commercial mead entries from all over the world. Mead, also called honeywine, is the alcohol fermented from honey. It is almost certainly the oldest fermented beverage on the planet, with roots in Africa 20,000 years ago, and is also the fastest-growing American alcoholic beverage segment, with 130% year-over-year sales growth from 2012 to 2013, as published by the American Mead Makers’ Association.
“Elegance” from Kookoolan World Meadery in Yamhill, Oregon, won silver medal in the semi-sweet traditional meads category. “Elegance” is a wine-style mead made using an exclusively cold process from raw honey, propolis, royal jelly, bee pollen, and beeswax. It is full-bodied and smooth, with aromas of the whole hive, and very food-friendly for pairing with pork, lamb, Middle Eastern and Indian foods, and cheese plates. “Elegance” is available at Mainbrew in Hillsboro; Barbur World Foods; Belmont Station; Know Thy Foods/The Warehouse in southeast Portland; and directly at the tasting room at Kookoolan World Meadery just outside Yamhill, Oregon.
Kookoolan’s tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus anytime by appointment. In addition to their own meads, Kookoolan offers the largest selection of meads for sale available anywhere: more than 120 different meads from all over the world, with more than 30 open for tasting on any given day. www.kookoolanblog.com