Bemuse Alcohol-free mead


Name – Original Hops Mead
Producer – Bemuse
Type – non-alcoholic mead
Alcohol content – 0.5%
MyDryBar Rating – 66/100
Drink review – Overall Bemuse has created an interesting and unique alcohol-free experience with their meads. The drink I tried was hoppy and sweet and a perfect accompaniment to a bowl of nuts or pre-meal treat.  

Well here’s a new alcohol-free drink for me … mead. Created by UK producers Bemuse they have gone on to create modern-day versions of what is arguably Britain’s most ancient drink. For those unaware of what mead is it is essentially “an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey mixed with water, and sometimes with added ingredients such as fruits and spices“.

Since their creation, Bemuse has gone on to produce a number of award-winning sparkling meads including a raspberry mead, ginger & cardamon mead, tarragon & basil mead and the one I tried today – the classic hops-infused mead.

To create natural fermentation for their meads Bemuse uses just honey, water and yeast and then goes on to infuse the drink with a number of different flavours for a unique and refreshing concoction.

So is a drink that was good enough for Henry XIII good enough for My Dry Bar? Well, you’ll just need to read the review below to find out.

drinking bemuse mead

Is Bemuse mead any good?


Bemuse Mead certainly has a unique taste that I’ve not come across before. Thanks to the hops there are familiar echoes of an IPA but the addition of wildflower honey gives the drink a sweet and sour tang which is actually quite refreshing. The carbonation is spot on and it has some body to it, unlike other alcohol-free drinks I tried. Overall if you are a fan of hoppy flavours then this is certainly worth a go. 

Aroma & Appearance

The aromas from this mead drink aren’t particualty pungent and there are subtle floral and hoppy smells when poured out. In the glass, it pours with a light, cloudy amber look. recommend adding a cube of ice or two. 

Bonus points

I like the packaging Bemuse has used, with a giant bee on the front and different colours declaring what the drink is. The mead itself is only 0.5% ABV and suitable for vegans but it is not gluten-free. You can find this drink from a number of online specialist sites. 

Buy Bemuse alcohol-free mead

At the time of writing, you can buy this drink from the retailers below as well as from the creators own site. 

uk customers

wise bartender logo
Wise Bartender is a very well-respected alcohol-free retailer with a great selection of booze-free drinks and an easy-to-use site.

COST (at time of publication) – £3.49


bemuse mead
Key information

– per 330ml


Country – UK

Alcohol content – 0.5%

Calories – 40

Ingredients – Water, Wildflower Honey, Yeast, Hops

Vegan friendly? – yes

Gluten-free? – no

Availability – medium

bemuse mead

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