Tucked inside the basement of a storefront in Prescott, Arizona is Superstition Meadery. Nicknamed “The Nectar of the Gods,” the location boasts not only various types of mead, but cider as well. For the uninitiated, mead is one of the oldest fermented beverages in human existence. Traditionally made with honey, the drink is usually sweet, though variations are available. Think Viking times, and then imagining drinking in Asgard. That’s mead.
Superstition Meadery started in the excellently named city of Skull Valley, before moving to Prescott after a remodel. They delight in using local Arizona honey, prickly pear and Marion berries. To give you a real taste, they offer 2-3$ 1 oz tastes, as well as full glasses or flights for a slightly higher price. When the Arizona Wine Monk and I visited, it was the middle of a work day, so the counter was slow. We were kindly greeted by a gentleman named Micah. He was deeply knowledgeable about mead and the ciders that they were just preparing to tap.
One of their most popular mead varieties is called “Safeword.” This is exactly what 50 Shades of Grey
should have been. The mead is dark, almost appearing to be like a strong beer. It was instead sweet, but not overpoweringly so. I found this mead to be my favorite.
I also tried “Asgard,” which has a distinct mango flavor, as well as a bit of the taste of the oak barrel it was aged in. To keep with the “all night to get Loki” feel, we also tried a flavor called “Ragnarok.” This mead is made with Arizona cat claw honey, and mango nectar. It was crazy delicious.
In closing, I was allowed a taste of a cherry cider that was not yet available on the menu. It was possibly the best hard cider I’ve had outside of the United Kingdom.
My biggest mistake was not leaving Superstition without a bottle of their mead. While they are available in all Arizona’s Wholefoods Markets and World of Beers stores, there is only one location in California that offers it.
I highly recommend stopping by the Superstition Meadery on your next visit through Arizona. They are always changing up what they have available for tastings. They are located at 120 W Gurley St, Prescott, AZ 86301, and are open 11:00am-8:00pm Monday through Thursday, 11:00am-10:00pm Friday and Saturday, and 11:00am-5:00pm for Sunday drinkers.