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Mead, a beverage made from fermented honey, is one of the oldest drinks on earth and is perhaps the world’s very first alcoholic drink. Its origins stretch so far back they are lost to time. Braggot is young by comparison, but it’s still pretty darn old. Braggot is a blend of mead and beer, often with the addition of herbs and spices, dating to Medieval times. It’s making a small comeback these days (Weyerbacher in Easton, Pa., brewed a fine one for their 16th anniversary), as evidenced by the country’s largest craft brewer, Samuel Adams, throwing their hat into the braggot ring. This complex beer is floral and sweet, suggesting at first an herbal ale until you hit the honey-laden finish, then it’s all bee spit (in the best way possible). The honey is touched with a bit of alcohol heat, but its sweetness shines through and is truly the star of the show. This is not what you expect from Samuel Adams. Give it a try at the Beer Shoppe.
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