Local meadery provides means for “adult” cider
By: Jordyn Thomson
The Cochrane Eagle
Mead, an alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water, will be making a comeback to people’s glasses in the Cochrane area this holiday season thanks to one local meadery.
The Fallentimber Meadery, located outside of Water Valley, will be attending the Cochrane Environmental Action Committee’s (CEAC) Christmas Market on Dec.12. The family-run meadery has been a regular vendor at this market as the demand for mead typically increases at this time of year.
“Fall and winter is a very welcome time of year for a product like ours,” said Nathan Ryan, one of the meadery’s founders.
Considered the “adult” form of cider, mead can be served heated with select spices stirred in, a process known as mulling. The Fallentimber Meadery started operations just over five years ago and has become a well-known brand in the area.
“We started making mead more for personal consumption at the beginning, using our father, Kevin’s, honey,” explained Colin Ryan, Nathan’s brother and another one of the founders. “Then we decided to make it into a business.”
The business involves beekeeping, brewing, and marketing, of which every family member has a role to play.
Kevin Ryan, father of Colin and Nathan, is the family’s beekeeper, Colin is in charge of brewing, and Nathan is in charge of marketing.
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