The Art of Mead Tasting & Food Pairing Event At Mead Market

The process of fermenting mead had been gaining momentum in the United States. Currently mead is the fastest growing category in alcoholic beverages. Mead has surpassed both craft beer and cider with 86% annual growth boasting over 500 meaderies in the U.S.. In Oregon there are 16 meaderies and our neighbors to the north in Washington have 21. That said, mead is still in its infancy and is a great drink to fully explore.

Portland even boasts the largest mead-only bottle shop in Mead Market with over 80 different selections of mead plus a few on tap. Tomorrow, Saturday, April 8th local Yamhill farmer and international-award-winning meadmaker Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor of Kookoolan Farms and Kookoolan World Meadery will be at Mead Market to launch her new book. Recently published, The Art of Mead Tasting & Food Pairing is the world’s first mead appreciation and food pairing book.

Read our preview on Mead Market prior to its grand opening last fall.

On Saturday join Chrissie along with Susan Sokol Blosser at The Mead Market from 1:00-4:00 for mead tastings and small plates with a book raffle give-away.

Here’s a description of The Art of Mead Tasting & Food Pairing provided to us by the author.

Chrissie’s 432-page, full-color, hard-cover book is loaded with 345 color photographs and 60 food recipes, (including Paleo, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, and Dairy-free recipes) — all with mead pairing suggestions, plus 14 mead cocktail recipes.  t’s a gorgeous coffee-table book on mead and mead history and lore, as well as a mead appreciation book and food pairing book.  There has never been any book like it for mead. First printing 5,000 copies with more than 600 copies sold in the first two weeks!

Deborah Madison’s Red Tofu Curry with Oregon’s own Nectar Creek barrel-aged sparkling honeywine. (image courtesy of Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor)
Chrissie’s Shrimp Gumbo with Off-dry Tupelo Honey Mead from St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah Michigan. (image courtesy of Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor)

To stay up to date on Chrissie and her new book follow her blog at and make sure to like her Facebook page.

Mead Market and Bee Thinking
1744 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR