Meadery offers sweet take on traditional taproom
by AMY ROBB Editor
If you’re looking to try something different from the typical wheat beer or sweet wine, search no further than the Village of Lancaster.
Lilly Belle Meads, the brainchild of Patricia and Joseph Marshall, officially opened its taproom to the public as of Saturday, at 11 W. Main St.
The couple named their new business after their two daughters, Lilly Anne and Vyla Belle, after home brewing endeavors started paying off.
Roughly 13 years ago, Joseph Marshall was making beer and his wife was making wine.
“She just wasn’t happy with her wines, so then we started bottling meads and using honey, and that kind of graduated into keeping bees,” he said.
“Trish started entering them into contests — home brewing contests — and she was winning best of show. We started getting this idea that we could do this professionally.”
For those new to the beer-wine hybrid, mead is fermented using honey instead of grapes or malts.
“You can start as simple as honey and water, mix it up and add yeast, then wait until it stops bubbling and you have mead,” Marshall said.
With such a seemingly simple concoction, the finesse is in the quality of materials.
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