Commercial Meadery Category: Commercial Meaderies
Many moons ago, owner and meadmaker Peter Voelker began his quest to make the ultimate hand crafted beverage. Having graduated from RPI with a Nuclear Engineering degree and failing to gain a career in such a faltering field, he turned his mind towards beer. Disillusioned with the equipment investment necessary to produce a quality beer, coupled with the readily available excellent craft brews, he began the ultimate quest. The quest for a great mead. Any mead can be covered up with sweeteners and flavorings, but with a traditional mead, everything is exposed. There is no way to cover up a poorly made mead. Over a 15 year evolution, he finally arrived at the best mead he has ever had.
In 2011 he, along with his wife Kirsten wondered if anyone else out there would appreciate such a finely crafted mead. By November 2012 Helderberg Meadworks began selling their traditional mead, Heritage.
Such a wonderful surprise to learn of all the customers who like it, love it and “get it”. This is not your typical mead. It was evolved to satisfy one and only one requirement. The taste of tradition. Raw ingredients are used, from the honey to the water. This is nature, this is real and with that we celebrate and embrace the variability of it all rather than sanitize it.
So why the Viking theme? We did not choose this because it looked good or because Ragnar Lothbrok is now a household name. The reason is better than that.
Let’s start with the Heritage label. The 3 swords in the background behind the Viking are a real monument in Stavanger, Norway. It is called “Sverd i fjell” which translates to “Swords in rock” and they are over 30 feet tall, embedded in solid rock. It commemorates the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872 where King Harald Fairhair was victorious in uniting feuding kingdoms into the Norway that we still know today. Our Heritage label is our depiction of King Harald, victorious after his final battle.
If that isn’t awesome enough, Heritage is truly a part of our heritage. Peter Voelker is a bloodline descendant of King Harald Fairhair. The iconic image of our logo and brand is not an idea or a marketing gimmick. The Viking heritage is real and Heritage is the only mead that we would be honored to raise in a toast with our ancestor, King Harald Fairhair.