The Art of Mead Tasting & Food Pairing

Now is a good time to get into mead. The alcoholic fermented honey beverage is having a moment, and the new book The Art of Mead Tasting and Food Pairing is a good place to start. Portland is becoming a top spot for mead–like most other things fermented–with dedicated beekeeping store, Bee Thinking, and its off-shoot, Mead Market, both centrally located and featuring Art of Mead Tasting author Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor for a book party on Saturday, April 8th, from 1-4pm with free tastings and small plates.

Chrissie’s Chicken Mole Poblano, paired with Chocolate semi-sweet mead from Sap House Meadery, Center Ossipee, New Hampshire. This was one of the Top 10 World Spirits by the World Association of Wine and Spirit Writers and Journalists, and is available right here in Portland at The Mead Market! page 250


The Art of Mead Tasting and Food Pairing is the world’s first consumer guide to mead: full-on mead appreciation, how to pair mead with food, mead cocktails, and more. The new book is written by local Yamhill farmer and international-award-winning meadmaker Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor of Kookoolan Farms and Kookoolan World Meadery in Oregon. If you cannot make the book release party you can pick up the hardcover book on Amazon here.

Join Susan Sokol Blosser at The Mead Market and Bee Thinking, the country’s largest mead bottle shop right here in southeast Portland, for mead tasting and small plate food pairings. There are now more than 500 meaderies in the U.S. with a new one opening almost every week – at least 16 meaderies in Oregon and 21 in Washington!

WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:00-4:00 open to the public mead tastings and small plates all afternoon

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

Gravlax, paired with “Lunar Lemon” semisweet mead from Hunter’s Moon Meadery, Severence, Colorado, page 314

Great food, many open meads – shatter your mead preconceptions and experience dry, sparkling, and elegant modern meads from meaderies all over the country and all over the world – Mead Market is the biggest mead-only bottle shop with over 80 different choices!
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Chrissie’s Simplified Shrimp Gumbo, paired with St Ambrose Tupelo Honey Ambrosia from Beulah Michigan, page 202

Hard-cover, full-color book. 432 pages. 345 photographs. More than 60 recipes including Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegetarian, and Dessert recipes – all with mead pairings. Mead and Cheese pairing table. Distilled honey spirits. Mead vinegars. Mead cocktail recipes. “Meadmaker Profile” sidebars. “Meadery Profile” sidebars. “Mead Profile” sidebars. More than 200 commercial meadery brands mentioned! It’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!

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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: