What is Mead?
Mead is alcohol fermented from honey.
There is a good chance that mead is humankind's oldest form of alcohol as it doesn't require any domestication of crops or extraction of sugars from grains or fruits. If you dilute honey with water and leave it lying around, wild yeasts will ferment this mix. It might not taste great, but it will be mead.
Because of this simplicity, mead's history stretches from the modern day back over 8000 years: from East Africa to Europe and the Far East.
In Britain and Northern Europe mead features heavily in works of Old English and was popular amongst Norse Gods and heroes. However across the continent mead began to fade in popularity from the 16th century onwards due to a number of factors.