Ontario Mead

HiveMinders is our own brand of Mead here at Ontario Honey Creations, made using our own raw and unpasteurized local honey produced by re-homed honeybees from Toronto Bee Rescue. Proceeds from each sale goes back towards supporting the great work Toronto Bee Rescue does. Our honey is harvested from our hives in the Headwaters, Rouge Valley, and Toronto regions of Ontario. Along with our own local honey, we source our fruits from local farms in the area. We use a traditional Polish recipe passed down from generations to craft deliciously smooth Mead. All of our Mead is crafted in small batches and individually bottled and corked, this ensures that each bottle of Mead we sell is of the highest quality. 

What is Mead?

Mead, also known as Honey Wine, is honey and water fermented with yeast to create an alcoholic beverage. Mead is an ancient drink, often with a medieval reputation thanks to pop culture. However, Mead dates back even farther than that and is often cited as the first alcoholic beverage. Making a comeback in recent years, Mead is often flavoured with a variety of spices, fruits, vegetables, and grains. 

Much like craft beer, there are many specialized variations of Meads:

Melomel: a Mead made with fruit.

Pyment: a Mead made with grapes.

Cyser: a Mead fermented with apple juice instead of water, creating a blend of cider and Mead.

Metheglin: a Mead made with spices and/or herbs. 

Braggot: a Mead made with grains and hops.

Looking Forward

Making Mead is a passion for us here at Ontario Honey Creations and we look forward to expanding our HiveMinders Mead offerings this year. In addition to our traditional Mead and Melomel offerings, we will also be expanding into Canned Session Meads. We are excited about what’s to come!