Buying a good brand of Mead in Arlington
Can anybody recommend a good brand of mead, and tell me where it can be bought in Arlington?
Never tried it before, and I'd like to go all "Beowulf" and see what it's like. If you see me walking around with a horned helmet, you'll know I liked it.
I haven't actually tried it, but I've seen Chaucer's Mead at the Whole Foods in Clarendon, in the beer section.
I've tried and enjoyed meads made by a couple of Virginia wineries at wine festivals, so you may be able to find them at a local wine store (maybe Arrowine?).
Ethiopian restaurants also serve their kind of honey wine (I can't recall what it's called), which is very similar.
While Chaucer's Mead is easy enough to find, all I've ever heard about it is that it's pretty watered down and rather sweet at that. If sweet's your thing, more power to you, but otherwise, find a homebrewer/some local brewery.
That said, if you know any homebrewers at all, most will have tried mead at some point in their past–ask around, you might find something good, or at least, um, unique.
I saw a bottle of mead at Best Cellars in Clarendon a while ago, so if you go to Whole Foods in Clarendon, you could check it out too. I don't think it was Chaucer's brand, but I can't remember the brand.