If you are looking to give away a great favor at your wedding, consider mead.
You could buy a large number of bottles from a commercial meadery, which is a option I support. Another choice is to make or have someone make a mead for you – a unique gift for you special day.
I was contracted to be a mead maker for a wedding. For those of you keeping score at home, here is a recap.
I brought a bottle of mead that I made into work one day and it sparked the imagination of a coworker of mine. He asked me if I would make a mead for his wedding. Thankfully there was enough lead time to do it right without rushing anything.
The lovely couple came over to my house and helped me bottle their mead. They had bought the bottles and had labels created for the favors. With me on sanitation duties and the two of them switching off between the filling and capping, we were finished with bottling almost ten gallons of mead in less than an hour.
I was happy with the outcome of the mead. It had cleared up very well and the oak conditioning left a nice complexity.
The venue for their reception required them to put a tag on cap that told their patrons not to open the bottle until they left the premises. I guess they thought the mead would take away from their bar sales or maybe the elixir would spin the crowd into a frenzy. Either way, it was good that the favors were positioned as gifts and not something to be gulped down.
Here’s a photo of the final product:
If you’re looking for a great traditional wedding favor, mead makes a wonderful gift. Homemade mead makes a nice touch since it is as unique as your union. Find a home brewer or home mead maker to fulfill your wish and of course these brew dudes can consult if you want.
And if not – certainly Mead On!