More Mead For Me
By Jaron Cofield
Not your average gastropub, Great Society Cider and Mead is a wonderful chance try a variety of ciders and meads that your taste buds will thank you for.
The bar is located on the lively corner of E. Broadway and Atlantic Ave. The first thing you notice when entering the establishment is the giant chalkboard with dozens of cider and mead brands the bar has currently available. The inside is an L shaped room with tables near the windows for a view of the street. With only two flat screens this bar isn’t the ideal for sporting events but perfect if you’re looking for a cozy spot to try some new drinks.
As for the drinks themselves. At the table, there is a piece of paper with drink names on them. On one side you can choose from a generous selection of mead, ciders, wine, beer, and sake that you can enjoy by the bottle or glass. The other, and this is what I would recommend, you can decide to get what they call Great Society Taps & Tasters.
The drinks on that side are all available as a taster flight. Each flight includes four drinks of your choosing. That’s where the fun is, especially when you have friends to choose with you. I chose two different meads and ciders while the company I was with choose mostly ciders. They have braggots as well, which I learned from our friendly waiter, Todd Worley 51, is a mix between beer and mead. I enjoyed the different tasting beverages so much I order another flight.
In the end we shared twelve different drinks between us. Well, fourteen if I include the extra samples Todd provided for us. My favorite was the Golden State Cider Gingergrass. Not to sweet and went down smooth. The most interesting was the 101 Cider House Black Dog. A charcoal colored cider that taste like those sour warheads you had as a kid. Of course, not all the drinks were too my liking, but that’s what made it fun. And with the rotating menu, no two visits will be the same.
The food was as delicious as the drinks were. I ordered the Irish whiskey burger cooked medium with garlic parmesan fries. And for desert was an in-house-made bread pudding. It was not your average bar food. I will defenitly be returning for more food and drink.
Overall the experience was worth the price. A flight with just cider will cost $12 while mead goes up to $20.
They also have a happy hour menu from Tuesday-Friday 3:30 to 6:30pm. You can visit there website for the entire menu at www.greatsocietycider.com.