Author: Jamie Stover
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – People have been drinking alcohol since the beginning of time. Beer, wine and spirits can be found at nearly every bar across the country, but there’s another not-so-new alcoholic beverage that’s picking up speed. It’s called mead.
Greg Heller-LaBelle and his partner, Michael Manning, opened up the Lehigh Valley’s first meadery in south Allentown. The pair operates The Colony Meadery in a refurbished Mack factory on Harrison Street.
Manning is an award-winning mead-maker. The pair met a few years ago and decided to turn their passion for beverage-making into a business.
“Mead has really taken off,” Heller-LaBelle said.
About 18 months ago, Heller-Labelle said there were only two meaderies in Pennsylvania and about 40 nationwide. Today, there are six in the state and more than 100 nationally.
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