Most beer drinkers don’t know the difference between Meade Ale and Honey Ale or beer. A brewer can add a small amount of honey to a batch (even without fermenting it) and call it a “honey beer”. The generally agreed upon modern definition of “meade ale” (historically known as BRAGGOT in the 13th century) is a fermentation wherein at least 50% of your fermentable sugars are derived from honey. The other 50 % are primarily derived from malts and some fruit sugars or other adjuncts such as rice syrup, for example. Due to the higher cost of honey as opposed to malt and malt extracts…Meade Ale as a finished product naturally cost more than Honey Beer because you are getting a completely different end product with innumerable enhanced health benefits if it is brewed correctly.