Last weekend, while my daughter and I were spending a little time in celebration of my birthday, she took me on a little detour after a delightful brunch at Mimosa House. She drove not far away, to a little place in the community I had heard of, but had not been to. It was Strad Meadery, founded several years ago to replicate a beverage known as Mead, which ancients called "Nectar of the Gods". Honey is used to facilitate the fermentation process with mead.
Once inside Strad Meadery, we were given the opportunity to sample several of their products. My favorite was Blueberry Mead, quickly followed by Pomegranate and then Strawberry. It contains half the alcohol of wine, has fresh crisp flavors which are light, not filling, and have the ability to transport the imagination to renaissance times, with the appropriate music and aptly dressed characters accompanying it..
There are a couple bottles of product chilling at home. I feel a family dinner forthcoming in a few weeks, where I'm certain it will be enjoyed.
According to Dan Slort, Mead Maker, The Strad logo is comprised of a stylized violin (A Stradivarius made by Antonius Stradivari in the 17th century) floating over a honeycomb with bees flying across the image. The violin is in honor of his grandfather who made and played this beloved instrument for most of his 96 years of life.
Strad Meadery is located in Rancho Cordova's "Barrel District." Their address is: 2539 Mercantile Drive, Suite 1, Rancho Cordova 95742
Their website is: https://www.stradmeadery.com