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Kim Steinhorst tastes a sample of Undorn, a more traditional mead, at Kvasir Meadworks on Wednesday. (Autumn Parry/The News & Advance)
Kim Steinhorst tastes a sample of Undorn, a more traditional mead, at Kvasir Meadworks on Wednesday. (Autumn Parry/The News & Advance)

Virginia: Altavista meadery Kvasir Meadworks now open

by Ashlie Walter
The News & Advance

Tucked away in an alley off Broad Street in Altavista, Jerome Snyder has been brewing an alcoholic beverage with ancient roots.

Kvasir Meadworks, one of the first meaderies in Campbell County, opened for its first day Tuesday for those who reserved a bottle of its first mead, named Undorn. It’s first full day of normal business operation was Friday.

Mead is created by fermenting honey with water, with the possible inclusion of fruits and spices. Like wine, mead can have varying levels of sweetness.

Since the Undorn is plainer, traditional mead, the variety of honey is on display most. Snyder said he works with a couple beekeepers in Nelson County for honey.

“It’s going to showcase the distinct honeys the most,” Snyder said in a previous interview with The News & Advance.

Snyder has a few other mead blends in the pipeline using different herbs and spices for flavor. He noted one called “Jarl’s Bee,” a blend of black tea and lemon. The name of the mead is also a nod to Earl Grey tea.

In Kvasir’s online store, customers have their choice of Hadegi (noon in Icelandic), black cherry mead, Nattmal, ginger-infused mead, Jarl’s Bee, and Freyr’s Blend, a lavender and vanilla mead. A single bottle is $17.

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