From Christian rock artist to mead-maker, the many lives of Glenn Lavender
By Brandy Centolanza on January 20, 2017
Willimasburg Yorktown Daily
Williamsburg, Virginia – A few years ago, while Glenn Lavender was reading the historic fiction novel “Silver Hand” by Stephen Lawhead, the book “described mead in such a way that it really made me want to taste it,” Lavender said. So, Lavender set out to make a batch of mead on his own.
Lavender, founder of Silver Hand Meadery on Monticello Avenue, had been living in Canada at the time and traveling as a musician with the Christian rock band Downhere. He had also taken up beekeeping, and decided to use some of the extra honey to experiment with mead.
“Mead and honey are connected like wine and grapes,” Lavender pointed out. “It’s honey and the honeybee that got me here. I was surprised at how well my first batch turned out. It was actually pretty good, so I kept making it and sharing it with family and friends. I took it into the recording studio. Everyone really enjoyed it.”
Lavender, his wife, Sherri, and their three sons relocated to Williamsburg in 2012 after he accepted a job with Williamsburg Community Chapel. In November 2015, Lavender decided to venture into the business world, and opened up Silver Hand Meadery. The meadery’s name is derived in part from Lawhead’s book as well as Glenn’s grandmother’s maiden name (Silver), and the fact that everything at the meadery is hand-crafted.
Meadery Profile: Silver Hand Meadery