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Photo by BOB McCLURE Bob Lasseter, right, and his grandson Noah Aleman produce about 12 gallons of mead per week at the Black Fox Meadery at 1699 Alt. U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor.
Photo by BOB McCLURE Bob Lasseter, right, and his grandson Noah Aleman produce about 12 gallons of mead per week at the Black Fox Meadery at 1699 Alt. U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor.

It’s not beer, it’s not wine

Owner of Palm Harbor meadery targets growing craft beer market

By BOB McCLURE
Article published on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

PALM HARBOR, FL – Unless you’re a history buff and have studied the drinking habits of Robin Hood and his merry men or the Nordic Vikings, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of mead.

But that’s something Bob Lasseter hopes to change.

Lasseter, a former corporate accountant now in his late 60s, operates the Black Fox Meadery at 1688 Alt. U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor. It is the only such business in Florida, which puts the former newspaper publisher in a pretty good position to grow quickly.

So just what is mead? Lasseter calls it mankind’s oldest known alcohol-based beverage. Long before wine and beer were made, there was mead, a popular product that was fermented from honey.

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