The Market for Mead is Growing Fast
Mead might be the oldest fermented beverage around but it is relatively unknown nowadays. That might be changing really soon now that mead is that fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the U.S. today.
Between 2013 and 2016, the number of wineries in operation grew 11%; distilleries grew 71%; and craft breweries grew 80%. But during that same period, the number of meaderies in operation more than doubled. Of course, the base from which meaderies started is minuscule, so in comparison with the number of larger, more well-known alcoholic beverages, mead’s presence is still inconsequential, with fewer than 500 meaderies.
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