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Mead is king at Redmond, Washington’s Sky River Meadery

Mead is king at Redmond’s Sky River

Aaron Kunkler
The Redmond Reporter

Sky River Mead and Honey Wine owners and sisters Denice Ingalls and Glenda Downs have been pumping out the good stuff at their meadery in Redmond for the past five years, but their history with honey wine stretches back two decades.

Ingalls will have been making mead for 20 years this September after picking up the craft in the 1990s. In 2008, the sisters decided to start a brewery in Salkum, where Ingalls lived.

“We threw in together pretty much as the Great Recession started,” Ingalls said.

Both sisters had regular jobs, which were hit hard by the economic downturn, so they started pouring more time and energy into the meadery.

But their location along the highway in Salkum didn’t lend itself to attracting as many customers as they would have liked and the location was fairly small. So around five years ago, they made the move to Redmond.

Ingalls said simply saying they make mead, or honey-based wine, is misleading in the same way simply referring to beer or wine by their generic names doesn’t account for the wide range of varieties in each category.

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