Mead is wine made from honey - simple as that. It can be sweet or dry, still or sparkling, fruited or unfruited, spiced or unspiced, low or high in alcohol...the possibilities are close to endless. This is clear to anyone who has seen the offerings from even just a handful of meaderies, which run the gamut from dry, low alcohol sparkling meads to still, unctuous dessert wines approaching 18% alcohol. If you start with honey and ferment it, it’s mead!
At Beacon Meadery, our meads tend to be still (i.e., no carbonation), with an alcohol content in the range of 12-16%. Most of them have some residual sugar - though that doesn’t always mean they’re sweet!