The buzz around Royal Meadery
DELMAR, NY – If you sensed a buzz brewing along Hallwood Road in Delmar, you’d be right on the money.
“We saw a need for more mead,” Royal Meadery Owner, Gregory Wilhelm said.
A patron explained, “All the sweetness is fermented out so it doesn’t taste like honey, it’s a mead.”
Honey may seem like the latest trend in New York State fermented craft beverages but it’s actually the oldest, dating back more than 8,000 years.
“What do you do when you have a ton of honey? You make mead,” Wilhelm laughed.
Wilhelm was a hobby beekeeper with too much honey on his hands.
His final research paper at SUNY Cobleskill centered around starting a mead manufacturing business and while some thought it crazy, including his own father, he went on to become a business owner in Schoharie for two and a half years before expanding here, to the Capital Region.
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