BY Joe Napsha
Tribune-Review, Greensburg, PA
Feb. 21–Mead has made it into downtown Irwin, thanks to the Laurel Highlands Meadery’s new tasting room for its version of the honey-based wine with a history that goes back thousands of years.
Matt and Mandy Falenski, who make the mead in a converted barn on their Sewickley Township property near Herminie, opened the tasting room in a building on Fourth Street. The small meadery with a few tables and a bar offers glasses of its honey wine for $6 and bottles for $17 and $18.
Falenski, 45, said he began making mead in 2007 after dabbling in home beer brewing for about 20 years.
“I won some competitions and got some encouragement to go forward,” said Falenski, who is a network administrator for a North Huntingdon company.
He makes his mead with honey, filtered water and yeast, then allows it to ferment for up to a year in stainless steel brewing tanks, ranging in size from 60 to 200 gallons, or oak barrels, which adds a different flavor.
“We’ve been slowly ramping up” production, Falenski said.
Full Story: Mead makes debut in downtown Irwin
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