Mead Industry Reports Explosive Growth

Published: 05/20/2014

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Mead may be the world’s oldest fermented drink, but it is also the country’s hottest, according to a recent industry survey.

Mead sales increased 130 percent from 2012 to 2013, exceeding growth rates for beer, wine, distilled spirits and hard cider, according to the annual survey of American Mead Makers Association members. The trade organization represents the U.S. mead industry.

The number of domestic meaderies has grown from 60 three years ago to 194 today, accounting for 2.5 percent of American wineries.