Mead is experiencing a boomlet among the artisanal brewing community. This naturally sparkling treat from Heidrun, a Meadery in Arcata, California, is made using carrot blossom honey from Madras, Oregon. It’s wonderfully effervescent and crisp, with none of the clumsy sweetness I expected from mead, and a wonderfully woodsy almost chestnut-honey-esque funk on the finish.

Heidrun Madras Carrot Blossom Mead, $18

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