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The family business: Three generations open McAlpine Meadery
The family business: Three generations open McAlpine Meadery

The family business: Three generations open McAlpine Meadery

The hand-painted crest looks like something out of medieval times. A knight’s steel helmet is ringed with plumes; on a shield is displayed an evergreen tree, a sword and crown, and a gold trefoil inside a blue square.

By ROBERT McCUNE
GateHouse Ohio Media correspondent
Posted Mar. 19, 2015 at 10:35 PM

The hand-painted crest looks like something out of medieval times.

A knight’s steel helmet is ringed with plumes; on a shield is displayed an evergreen tree, a sword and crown, and a gold trefoil inside a blue square.

It means something to Jerome Geisinger, who covered one wall of his new family business with the symbol, and added it to the sign out front that beckons passersby on state Route 21.

It represents history — a subject that has always fascinated Geisinger and his sons, Jeremiah and Marc.

The crest belongs to the McAlpine clan, ancestors of the Geisingers’ going back to the ninth century, when Kenneth MacAlpin became the first king of Scots and started a dynasty that ruled Scotland for much of the medieval period.

The helmet represents the protection of the prince of Wales; the symbols on the shield, according to Jerome Geisinger, mean “perpetual loyalty to the crown for generations.”

In this day and age, the crown means family, and loyalty to family is the foundation on which the Geisingers have built their business.

Three generations of Geisingers recently opened the McAlpine Meadery — a years-long venture that after just a few weeks of fruition has the family thinking in terms of legacy.

It started small, “as a way to support our dad; that’s the first priority,” said Jeremiah Geisinger, president and CEO of McAlpine Meadery. “Eventually, we’d like it to support us all.”

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