Q. Is this gluten free?
A. YES! Mead is naturally gluten free.
Q. What's the deal with the weird tops, they don't pull off easily?
A. That's because they're meant to be pushed. Push up with your thumb and it will click off. They're also reusable and fit in most wine bottles. You'll never need to buy another wine stopper again. You're welcome.
Q.How long will it keep?
A. For as long as you want to store it in a temperature-controlled place out of direct sunlight (don't stick it in the attic or sunroom). It's like wine in that it gets better as it ages.
Q. Should it be cold?
A. That's up to you. Mead can be served at room temperature or chilled. We like most of the flavors with a bit of a chill on them but not super cold (similar to white wine or imperial stouts and strong ales). But some, like First Rebellion and Casimir seem to be best when at room temp. And in the winter you an even heat it up to make a mulled-mead.
Q. So what if I don't finish the bottle (asking for a friend of course), how long will it keep once it's opened?
A. How long does cooking wine or vermouth last? See what I did, I answered a question with a question. Sneaky. Keep the cap on it, and store it in the fridge. It will be fine as long as you want it in there.
Q. Can I cook with it?
A. Absolutely. You can use it in place of any wine and it's lovely in sauces. We feel a 1:1 ratio is best for bringing out the flavors in a recipe – i.e. one cup of mead for the food, one cup for the cook.