Taverner's Tasmanian Honey Pale Ale, Honey Mead Ale, Strong Mead Ale, Honey Porter + Dessert Honey Mead.
Our refreshing range of honey mead ales are flavoursome, smooth, dry and clean tasting. Any thoughts that this may be a sweet drink disappear on the first sip. Our pure, natural honey is combined with the finest Tasmanian hops to provide a fine, mellow ale that tastes clean on the palate. The taste has just a hint of honey and is devoid of any harsh malt or hop aftertastes. It is a superb ale as an accompaniment to game, smoked foods, curries and spicy Asian dishes.
These premium quality ales are made in the traditional manner, with secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle. Although your honey mead will certainly be in superb condition to drink at the time of purchase, the secondary fermentation process allows the ale to get even better with age, similar to a fine wine. However, we warn customers that, once tasted, keeping any remaining supplies for any length of time will severely test your powers of self control.
Available in 4% Al. vol. and 8% Al. vol. varieties. Plus a 6% Al.vol. Honey Porter Ale. The range has no added preservatives or chemicals.
The Taverner’s label has been established in Tasmania for 25 years.
The Origins of Mead Ales
The original ‘Ale’ was brewed from honey and the word is derived from Old Norse (‘Ol’), through to the Old English (‘Ealu’) and Scandinavian (‘Aylu’). Honey Ale (a form of mead) can claim origins as far back as pre-historic times, a drink enjoyed by many different cultures.
The basic beverage is an alcoholic drink derived from the fermentation of honey by yeast. Using this process the mead can be turned into anything from a low alcohol, Mead Ale through to a high alcohol, liqueur-type Mead, these can be brewed sweet or dry. Until early in the 19th Century both styles of the drink were represented in popular Northern European cultures.
Mead Ales particularly have declined in production, most currently being brewed by amateurs and a few boutique breweries. However, the similarity of Mead Ales to some of the flavoursome ales being produced by the best small European breweries has lead to a renewed interest in this style of ale, both in the British Isles, North America and in Australia.
The Making of Taverner’s ‘Strong Mead Ale’ and ‘Honey Mead Ale’
This style of Mead Ale was originally given the name ‘Good Ale’ so that people could differentiate between Mead and Beer Ales. ‘Good Ales’ became known as an exclusive brew.
The decision to market two Good Mead Ales of differing alcoholic strength has lead Taverner’s to rename the stronger of the two (8% alc/vol) the ‘Strong Mead Ale’ and the less alcoholic of the two the ‘Honey Mead Ale’ (4% alc/vol).
Taverner’s has combined the flavours of honey and hops to recreate the taste of the original Ale. Both Mead Ales are self carbonated by a second fermentation process in the bottle, called “self conditioning” or “bottle conditioning”. This process allows the Ale to mature with age, rather than losing flavour after bottling as do commercial beers. As natural brewing techniques are used, Taverner’s Mead Ales contain no additives or preservatives. A yeasty sediment forms in the bottle as your guarantee that all the goodness of the original honey is still present and not filtered out and that the fine bubble is entirely natural and not artificial.
Taverners “Strong Mead Ale” is a refreshing, flavoursome drink, to be enjoyed for the pure pleasure of it or as an ideal accompaniment to strong flavoured or spicy foods.
Taverners “Honey Mead Ale” is a refreshing, warm weather drink, to be enjoyed with lightly flavoured foods or as a palate cleansing drink at any stage of the meal.
Tasting Notes (Organoleptic Appreciation) – Strong Mead Ale.
A Word from the Maker:
The initial impression is that of premium ale with fine, almost champagne-like bubbles. The small frothy head soon dies away, but strings of bubbles continue for an hour or so as is typical of bottle fermented products. The colour is a light golden brown. The combination of honey and hops provide an aroma similar to some lighter English ales. On the palate the honey character is there but not overpowering and in balance with the hops. Where the drink stands out is that there is none of the harshness on the back of the palate which is typical of many commercial beers. The finish is smooth, dry and clean, with a pleasant lingering honey after-taste. For the richness of flavour the overall impression is that of a light drink which hides the 8% alcohol.
“All sweet preconceptions vanish on tasting; it’s a refreshing, clean ale without harsh hops or malt aftertaste, and just a hint of honey. Serve it with the chill taken off for a more pronounced honey flavour”.
“Bottle conditioning yields a fine bubble and short-lived head reminiscent of some of the modern European ales (as is the alcohol content of 8 percent). The careful blending of hops and light honey has lead to the production of a fine mellow ale which is very refreshing and clean on the palate, finishing with a pleasant honey aftertaste. This style makes for good drinking at any time but is ideal to go with game, smoked and spicy foods where the honey seems to support rather than fight against the flavours”. Lindsay Bourke Brew Master.
Taverner’s Boutique Brewery Products available to purchase now:
Taverner’s Honey Ale
4% Alcohol Vol.
Brewed in the traditional old English style the second fermentation in the bottle creates fine bubbles just like champagne. Deep amber colour. Sweet honey on nose, dry malty finish on palate. No added preservatives.
Taverner’s Honey Porter
6% Alcohol Vol.
Full bodied, dark amber colour, Leatherwood evident on sweet honey nose. Short finish with slight residual sweetness. Brewed with Tasmanian honeys including Leatherwood. Bottle conditioned,
No added preservatives.
Taverner’s Strong Honey Ale
8% Alcohol Vol.
Premium ale with fine, almost champagne-like bubbles. Light golden brown in colour, Fruit, honey character on nose & palate. Clean dry finish. The small frothy head soon dies away, but strings of bubbles continue for an hour or so as is typical of bottle fermented products. The combination of honey and hops provide an aroma similar to some lighter English ales. On the palate the honey character is there but not overpowering and in balance with the hops. The finish is smooth, dry and clean, with a pleasant lingering honey after-taste. For the richness of flavour the overall impression is that of a light drink which hides the 8% alcohol.
No added preservatives.
Taverner’s Honey Pale Ale
5.5% Alcohol Vol.
Limited release, Australian International Beer Awards 2010, award winning Brewed in the traditional old English style the second fermentation in the bottle creates fine bubbles just like champagne. Light amber colour. Sweet honey on nose, dry malty finish on palate.
No added preservatives.
Taverner’s Dessert Honey Mead
16% Alcohol Vol.
Nectar of the Gods, Truly describes this multi award winning honey mead.
Taverner’s Tasmanian Dessert Honey Mead is made from the best fine quality honey produced in Tasmania. Superb as an appetiser or ideal with a cheese platter and quince paste, to follow a meal or with a dessert.
No added preservatives.
Taverner’s Boutique Brewery 3 Ales Gift Pack
3 types of 330mL bottles of ale packed in a gift carton.
Packaging and Storage
Taverner’s has aimed to develop products which are distinctive in the market. It has been important to set the products apart from other ales and beers. Taverner’s has done this by creating a label style which features a Celtic design, emphasizing both the origins of the products and the Cornish/Irish heritage of the maker.
Use of the bottle conditioning process enables each ale to ‘condition’ or improve over time. Mead Ale is a very flavoursome and refreshing drink following brewing and, like wine, has the ability to mellow over time with peak drinking considered to be at 2-5 years after bottling.
Taverner’s Ales should be stored under cool conditions to ensure stability in the bottle conditioning process.
N.B. Click on the links at the top of the page to see large version of the photos of the bottles.
Taverner's Boutique Brewery was featured on the "Perfect Beer" show on Southern Cross TV.
Hosted by Andrew Daddo.