The history of mead

Pure and natural 

Mead is a fabled drink, rich in tradition. It is said to be the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage, made purely from naturally fermented ingredients.

The main ingredients are two simple elements: honey and water. 

Ancient recipes 

The myths surrounding mead trace back more than 5,000 years to such disparate places as Asia, the Roman Empire, and, naturally, the Nordic region. 

The few ingredients needed to produce mead means people from around the world have actually always been able to brew the drink and indeed have probably also done so. 

The earliest documented recipe for mead in the Nordic countries dates back to 1555. It is written by the Swedish archbishop, Olaus Magnus. His recipe uses just water, honey, hops and brewer’s yeast. He ends his recipe thus: 

On the eighth day, or in an emergency earlier, the mead is perfectly drinkable, but the longer you age it, the purer, better and healthier it gets. 

A historic taste sensation 

At Dansk Mjød, we strive to create a product as closely resembling the original drink as possible. Therefore, our recipes are inspired by a recipe from around the year 1700 that is based on the brewing methods described by Olaus Magnus. 

However, we have improved the brewing methods as well as lengthened both the maturing and the fermentation periods. Nonetheless, the same main rule applies to our mead as to the meads brewed at the time of Olaus Magnus: It only improves with time and never gets too old. 

When you drink Dansk Mjød, you sense the history, discern the pure, natural ingredients and savour the same flavours as people did thousands of years ago.