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Charm City Meadworks (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun)
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Maryland: Charm City Meadworks opening to the public

By Kit Waskom Pollard
For The Baltimore Sun
April 28, 2015

Mead is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in existence, but that doesn’t mean it’s tired. Though it was enjoyed by everyone from Aristotle to the Vikings, in the hands of today’s new crop of mead distillers — including Charm City Meadworks owners James Boicourt and Andrew Geffken — it feels fresh and modern.

Boicourt and Geffken operate Charm City Meadworks out of an industrial warehouse space in Curtis Bay. They began selling mead at farmers’ markets and to local liquor stores and restaurants during the summer of 2014; this spring, they’re also opening their doors to the general public, hosting tours and tastings on Fridays and Saturdays.

The company joins the ranks of other Maryland meadmakers, such as Orchid Cellar Winery in Middletown and Millstone Cellars in Monkton.

Charm City Meadworks’ space isn’t large, but there’s a lot to look at, including yeast experimentations — a row of liquid-filled water cooler bottles perched on a high shelf — and whiteboards labeled with product names and descriptions.

In the center of the room, 10 barrels sit, waiting to be tapped and their contents tasted. The barrels, which originally stored bourbon at a Fredericksburg distillery, are moved to the wall when the facility is open to guests, and cloth-covered tables set up for tastings take their place.

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