OUR MEAD

Though mead is an old drink, we are not attempting to recreate what it once was.  Our rediscovery of mead seeks to reimagine and reinvent mead, to bring it into current times, and make it relevant for today.

What is Mead?

Mead, often referred to as "honey wine," is the world's most ancient fermented beverage, with the earliest record of mead dating back to Ancient China in 7000 BC. Truth be told, mead is not wine at all, rather it is its own unique category of beverage defined by the fermentable sugars found in honey, whereas wine is defined by the fermentable sugars found in fruit. In its most basic form, mead is three ingredients: honey, water and yeast.

 

The foundation of any mead is of course, honey, but that's just the beginning. Like winemakers use different grapes in wine, we showcase unique honey varietals together with a myriad of fruits and spices to craft our meads. Rediscover and reimagine this historical beverage with us! 

How is it Made?

Honey is blended with water or other liquids like cider, tea, or coffee. The ratio is approximately 1 part honey to 5 parts water.

Fruits (melomel) and/or spices (metheglin) are added to the honey and liquid base.

Yeast is added and the sweet mixture is fermented to the desired sweetness and alcohol levels. Mead alcohol by volume ranges from 8% to 20%.  Some meads are aged in wood barrels similar to wine and spirits.

Traditional

Meads simply crafted from honey, water, and yeast

Soak Up The Sun

Musical Inspiration: Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow
A semi-sweet traditional mead made with orange blossom honey.  Notes of citrus, peach, and grape. 12.5% ABV

Virginia Tonight

Musical Inspiration: Virginia Moon, by the Foo Fighters and Norah Jones

A semi-sweet traditional mead fermented with Virginia Wildflower and Appalachian honey and aged in bourbon barrels. 12% ABV

Heart of Gold Zambian

Musical Inspiration: Heart of Gold, by Neil Young

A semi-sweet traditional mead fermented with rare Wildflower honey from Zambia. 11% ABV

Heart of Gold Blackberry Blossom

Musical Inspiration: Heart of Gold, by Neil Young

A semi-sweet traditional mead fermented with rare blackberry blossom honey. 13% ABV

Metheglin

Meads flavored with herbs and/or spices

Scarborough Fair

Musical Inspiration: Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel

Dry metheglin made with star thistle honey, rosemary, thyme, and green tea. 13% ABV

I'm Yours

Musical Inspiration: Signed Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours) by Stevie Wonder

semi-sweet metheglin made with raspberry blossom honey and cocoa. 12.5% ABV

Cinnamon Tree

Musical Inspiration: Cinnamon Tree, by Esperanza Spalding

A semi-sweet metheglin made with alfalfa honey, cinnamon, and chili peppers.

13% ABV

Today is the Greatest

Musical Inspiration: Today by The Smashing Pumpkins

Semi-sweet metheglin made with a blend of Appalachian and Virginia wildflower honey, a touch of pumpkin and sweetened with our Pumpkin Spice Whipped honey. 12.5% ABV

Cyser

Honey blended with apple cider and fermented together

Dream by the Fire

Musical Inspiration: Winter Wonderland

A semi-sweet cyser made with a blend of four honeys and freshly pressed Virginia apple cider from Showalters Orchard in Harrisonburg, VA, flavored with apple pie spices and aged in new French oak barrels. 12.5% ABV

Pyment

Pyment - 2nd Edition

A semi-sweet pyment created in collaboration with the Williamsburg Winery featuring the Winery's Wessex Hundred Vidal Blanc grapes blended with three varietals of honey: Appalachian Wildflower, Orange Blossom and Raspberry Blossom. 

 13.25% ABV

Mead co-fermented with honey and grapes

Melomel

Mead fermented or flavored with fruit

All Blues

Musical Inspiration: All Blues by Miles Davis

A semi-sweet melomel made with blueberry blossom honey and blueberries added in both primary and secondary fermentation, aged in French oak. 13% ABV

Raspberry Passion

Musical Inspiration: Raspberry Jam by Joe Satriani

A semi-sweet melomel made with Virginia honey, raspberries and passion fruit. 13% ABV

Blackberry Parade

Musical Inspiration: Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance

  A semi-sweet melomel made with Appalachian wildflower honey and blackberries. 12.5% ABV

Strawberry Swing

Musical Inspiration: Strawberry Swing by Coldplay

  A semi-sweet melomel made with alfalfa honey and local strawberries. 12% ABV

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Silver Hand Meadery

224 Monticello Ave, Suite C
Williamsburg, VA 23185

(757) 378-2225
info@silverhandmeadery.com

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MON - THURS 12PM - 6PM

FRI 12PM - 7PM

SAT 11AM - 7PM

SUN 1PM - 5PM

Always closed on the following holidays: 

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