by Ashlie Walter
The News and Advance
The craft beer and wine markets have exploded in Virginia during recent years. The product now trying to tap into the economic success is mead.
Virginia is home to only a handful of meaderies. The newest one to soon join them is Kvasir Meadworks in Altavista.
The business is expected to open before the end of the year, said Creative Director David Johnson.
Mead, the eons-old beverage, is commonly referred to as “honey wine” with a basic recipe of water, yeast and honey. Some brewers add different spices for different flavors.
“There are origin stories in almost every culture. If you find a bees’ nest that water got into, it would possibly ferment. (Some people) thought ‘oh, here, that’s a good time. Let’s do more of this,’” said Jerome Snyder, owner and mead maker at Kvasir Meadworks.
Snyder got his start with a class on mead offered by a local social organization. Students made four varieties of mead with different kinds of honey but the same recipe.
He didn’t intend to go into the mead business from that start but at some point thought: “I could make money off this,” he said.
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