Jeremy Cox, DelmarvaNow
9:37 a.m. EST March 6, 2015
You could call Robert Walker a modern-day Odin.
You’ve heard of Odin, right? He was the chief of the gods in Norse mythology, the one whose exploits included unwittingly gracing humankind with the gift of mead.
Haven’t heard of mead either? It’s the ancient drink made from fermented honey and water sometimes called the “drink of kings” or “the nectar of the gods.”
Just as brews are made at breweries and wines are made at wineries, mead is made at “meaderies.”
Back to Walker: If he has his way, he and his business partners will open Delaware’s first meadery toward the end of this year.
He doesn’t have a name for the establishment yet — not one he’s willing to share before he gets it trademarked anyway. But he does have about a decade and a half of experience making mead at home and a landlord lined up to build him a facility off Route 9 west of Lewes.
And not just any facility.
“I’ve always wanted to do a mead hall like in ‘Beowulf,’” said Walker, citing the nearly 1,000-year-old epic poem that’s washed in mead and dragon’s blood. “We want to do something based out of the stories. We want to use a long table and use a lot of wood. I have a bunch of carvings of Odin and Thor.”