By Ashley Honea
KPIC Channel 4
ROSEBURG, Ore. – Wine and craft beers have made themselves a comfortable and booming home in southern Oregon, but now there’s a new spin on hand-crafted drinks.
Roseburg’s very first “meadery” has been introduced, made with local honeys and handcrafted with the Umpqua’s very own fruits and berries.
Mead is a honey wine featuring hundreds of pounds of fresh fruit.
“We start with buckets of honey, literally, like 300 pounds in buckets of honey and we pour it into a tank with water and mix the heck out of it. And then we add whatever fruits we want, whether it’s peaches or pears or pomegranates. We try to do as much whole fruit as we can,” says Lilly Weichberger of Oran Mor Artisan Mead.
No grapes are involved but Lilly says the process of making mead is just as tricky.
“Each of our batches is completely unique. Each one can’t be exactly reproduced because the honey is not the same from season to season. Even if you have the bees in the same place, the wildflowers change.”
From blackberry pomegranate to mesquite Asian pear, honey wine comes in many combinations.
Source: KPIC Channel 4
Meadery Profile: Oran Mor Artisan Mead