Seven Things to Do in August to Celebrate International Mead Day

Seven Things to Do in August to Celebrate International Mead Day
MiracleStag Meadery

While mead may be the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage, new mead makers popping up in Colorado are breathing new life into this ancient boozy drink. Colorado is now home to eight meaderies, and International Mead Day, this Saturday, August 3, is the perfect time to get to know them. The day of mead celebration was created in 2002 by the American Homebrewers Association to foster camaraderie among mead brewers around the world. Here are seven events on International Mead Day and beyond to help you get to know the fermented honey drink.

Saturday, August 3

MiracleStag Meadery Tastings

MiracleStag Meadery, based in Loveland, produces nine mead varieties, all made with Colorado honey. There will be free mead tastings and “meet the meadmaker” events in downtown Loveland to celebrate International Mead Day. The first tasting will be at Mrs. Torrelli's Wine Flat (534 Cleveland Avenue) from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a second tasting at Loveland Tap & Tavern (237 East Fourth Street) at 4 p.m.

303 Wine Festival
Clement Park
7306 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton

While the 303 Wine Festival will pour primarily grape-based wines, Colorado mead makers will be in abundance, too. Dragon Meadery, Honnibrook Craft Meadery, Annapurna Meadery, Meadery of the Rockies, Red Stone Meadery and Queen Bee Brews will all be serving their products. There will also be food trucks and other local vendors. The festival runs from noon to 5 p.m.; tickets can be purchased online.

click to enlarge HUNTERS MOON MEADERY
Hunters Moon Meadery

International Mead Day Open House
Hunters Moon Meadery
404 Immigrant Trail, Severance

Join Hunters Moon Meadery for its annual Mead Day Open House from 1 to 6 p.m. Festivities kick off with a beginning mead-making demo. There will also be snacks on hand made using Hunters Moon meads. Winners of the Mead, Moon & Honeybees Art Invitational will also be announced.

click to enlarge RANDY BUZZ MEADERY
Randy Buzz Meadery
Randy Buzz Meadery
15810 West Sixth Avenue, Golden

The libations at Randy Buzz are less boozy than traditional meads, with many coming in at under 7 percent alcohol by volume. To celebrate International Mead Day, the taproom will have extended hours, and all products will be sold at 10 percent off. Buzz on over between noon and 4 p.m.
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Kristen Kuchar is a Colorado writer covering craft beer, food and travel. For Westword, she explores vegan dining and the state's artisan beverages, such as cider and mead.