Mead, the alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey, has been around for thousands and thousands of years. However, only in the past few decades has its popularity grown in the U.S. According to the American Mead Makers Association, the number of commercial mead makers has increased 650% since 2003. Oh honey, that’s a lot of mead!
So, what’s all the big buzz about mead? See for yourself at these meaderies nearby our campgrounds:
Wildflyer Mead Co. in Lynn Grove, Texas, produces their mead at one of the oldest beekeeping operations in Texas and offers a honey, mead production, and tasting tour that includes tastes of both the estate honey as well as the meads produced. There are food trucks to enjoy on the weekends and light fare from the Fly By, the onsite kitchen, on Thursdays and Fridays. Plus, they are dog-friendly. For more information, visit wildflyermead.com.
(Nearest campground is Thousand Trails Lake Conroe)
Brothers Drake Meadery in Columbus, Ohio, has been around since 2007, when the number of meaderies in the U.S. numbered around 40! The Drake Brothers had been making mead long before and are now so well-versed they have even produced a PB&J mead. Come check out the mead offerings and book a tour with the Mead Maker (available on Saturdays and Sundays). For information, visit brothersdrake.com.
(Nearest campground is Thousand Trails Wilmington)
While you may not be able to learn about the mead making process at the Meduseld Meadery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (but you can certainly try the meads on the menu), you can learn all about about axe-throwing. As a member of the International Axe-Throwing Foundation, you can learn how to throw an axe and spend up to 30 or 60 minutes, depending on your reservation, putting your lesson to use. We suggest tasting the meads after the lesson! Visit meduseldmeadery.com for details, menus, and more information.
(Nearest campground is Thousand Trails Circle M)
Honeytree Meadery in Nashville, Tennessee, offers a tour of the facility and also has a tasting room that is open daily. As Nashville’s premier craft meadery, they say they are “excited to share the story of how they are saving bees with booze!” Visit honeytreemeadery.com for more information.
(Nearest campground is Thousand Trails Natchez Trace)
Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes Station, California, offers essential tasting flights, meads by the glass and meads by the bottle at their beautiful location adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore. Hike the beautiful national park and then drop in to sample the mead offerings. Meadery tours and guided tastings are available and reservations are recommend at this kid-friendly, pet-friendly sunny California location. Visit heidrunmeadery.com for more info.
(Nearest campground is Thousand Trails Russian River)
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