Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is mead? 

Mead is an ancient fermented beverage made with honey. The legend of mead dates back millennia across Europe, Africa and Asia. Recent history of the magical fermented beverage can be found on every continent except Antarctica, making it a truly inclusive and international drink. From the simple ingredients of honey, water, and yeast comes a deliciously complex beverage with layers of character. It can be made dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. It can be aged in bottles or barrels, each adding new flavor and dimension to the final mead. It can be naturally sparkling or carbonated and served chilled for a refreshing summer drink. It might even be spiced and served warm on a blustery winter evening. Today’s mead makers are giving this old-world beverage new life – creatively experimenting with distinct varietals of honey and adding fruit, hops, grain, herbs, and spices to make a genuinely unique beverage to suit a wide spectrum of tastes. 

 

What is a meadery? 

When we started talking about the meadery, folks got excited that there would be all kinds of meat! The idea of a meatery actually sounds pretty cool! But our venture is a meadery, both a production space and a tasting room where you can discover your new favorite mead. At our meadery, we make small-batch handcrafted mead; from traditional meads made simply with honey, water, and yeast and aged to bring about rich, complex flavors, to meads made with fruit or infused with spices.

 

How do you make your mead?

In January 2018, we started with raw blackberry blossom honey harvested the previous year. We added water and yeast, and fermented the mixture (also known as a “must”) to create dry, semi-sweet, and sweet traditional meads. Once fermentation ceased, we aged the mead sur lie – a technique often used in making white wine to add texture and flavor. We put most of these batches into bottles to age, except for a reserved (lucky!) portion which we transferred into bourbon, rye, and oak barrels. Our meads are bottled in 750ml and 500ml corked wine bottles, range 13-14% alcohol by volume, and contain sulfites.

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