Buzzed Bee Meadery brings homemade mead to Jasper County
By Kayla Langmaid Newton Daily News
MELBOURNE, IOWA — Imagine tasting a wine that is carefully blended and blissfully sweet without grapes as the prime ingredient. At Buzzed Bee Meadery, a winery in Melbourne, owners Wayne and Michelle Spohnheimer have made at least 10 different wine flavors with just one special element — honey.
The Newton Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday night to officially announce the meadery’s grand opening. Located on top of a hill and on a few acres of farmland, where the Spohnheimers bought a house in 2014, has now been transformed into a part-time business.
Mead is an ancient alcoholic beverage that uses honey as the primary fermentable ingredient. The honey is also mixed with water and yeast to create the mead. The Spohnheimers use raw honey from their hives. Other ingredients include fruits, spices and sometimes flavoring such as, chocolate and coffee.
Wayne said he is really into homesteading, gardening and growing fruits.
“We have been beekeeping for five years, and we had all this leftover honey that we needed to do something with,” Wayne said.
Michelle said there are 10 stainless steel tanks in the house’s basement that contain 80 gallons of the mead.
“Mead making is something that is very historic but is something that is becoming popular again,” Michelle said.
Meadery Profile: Buzzed Be Meadery