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Glenn and Sherri Lavender recently opened Silver Hand Meadery to the public in Williamsburg.
Glenn and Sherri Lavender recently opened Silver Hand Meadery to the public in Williamsburg.

Virginia: Region’s first meadery opens in Williamsburg

by Tara Bozick
The Daily Press
December 7, 2015

The region’s first meadery, producing an ancient honey-based alcoholic drink popular in the Middle Ages, opened its doors in Williamsburg.

Silver Hand Meadery opened Nov. 21 with guided honey tastings so the public can begin to learn about mead which is made from fermented honey.

“We want to help people understand what mead is. And to understand mead, you’ve got to understand honey,” said Glenn Lavender, a beekeeper who opened the meadery with his wife Sherri.

The first batch of mead won’t be ready until the end of January, but Silver Hand is offering mead samples and sales from Richmond’s Black Heath Meadery, Lavender said. Silver Hand also sells five different honey products, including Virginia wildflower honey.

So what is mead?

Lavender explains it like this: wine uses fermented grapes, beer uses fermented grains, and mead uses fermented honey. Mead doesn’t necessarily taste sweet, as it can be dry like a red wine, he added.

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