New Year, New Mead: Root of All Evil

New Year, New Mead: Root of All Evil

Sam Trathen
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This week, we sat down and interviewed Ricky the Meadmaker about the next in our New Year, New Mead campaign. Here's a look at Havoc's own Root of All Evil.

What are the tasting notes for Root of All Evil?

Color - Dark Yellow

Aroma - Bright Ginger

Flavor - Spicy Ginger with layers of honey

Closest Comparison - Jamaican Ginger Beer

What gave you the idea to make a ginger mead?

It’s actually an old recipe for Jamaican Ginger Beer, but due to… questionable federal regulations, it can’t be sold as “Ginger Beer” simply because it’s brewed from honey. Incidentally, the United States is one of the only places (if not the only place) that has this law regarding ginger beer. So, we brewed it up and came up with a new name!

Early concept sketch for Root of All Evil by Erik Benepe, October 2014
What was the inspiration behind the name?

OK, so we know that it should be Rhizome of All Evil, but never let botanical accuracy get in the way of a good pun.

Can you tell us a little about the Maple edition? It’s such an unusual combination, maple and ginger. What was the inspiration behind this?

We work closely with our friends at Runamok Maple to come up with cool collaborations from their maple infused ingredients, and being a Vermont meadery, this seemed like the perfect beverage!

Early Concept Art for Root of All Evil by Erik Benepe, December 2014
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about Root?

My absolute favorite thing about working events is sampling mead with folks, and nothing is easier than sampling Root of All Evil:

Ricky: Do you like ginger?
Tippler: Not especially.
Ricky: Then let’s move on to Nordic Farmhouse!

Or, alternatively,

Ricky: Do you like ginger?
Swilker: Heck yes I do!
Ricky: Then you are going to love Root of All Evil. 

Root of All Evil canning run, 2015

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