Long before the craft beer revolution, mead and cider reigned among the lands. While its history is full of speculation, mead is considered to be the ancestor of all alcohol and was likely discovered by accident when ancient hunter-gatherers stumbled across a beehive full of rainwater that had been sitting long enough to allow the honey inside to ferment. Cider, too, was popular in America as far back as the 1600s because it was cheap, easy and safer to drink than water. 

The first annual Arizona Mead and Cider Festival was held at the Pioneer Museum on Saturday, August 4, for an afternoon of tastings, workshops, Viking games and more, all in celebration of the history and science behind these libations.

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