Commercial Meadery Category: Commercial Meaderies
The goal of Laurel Highlands Meadery is simple. To make a delicious product that everyone can enjoy. Whether you like sweet or dry, a dessert wine or table wine, we have something that will appeal to you. We start with three basic ingredients and build on that to create something truly unique. Although it is made in the traditional sense, this is not your typical honey wine.
The Laurel Highlands Meadery is a work in progress. First started in 2010 with federal approval.
Granted in 2010 and Pennsylvania state approval granted in 2011. We have been making mead for a number of years and wish to share our experience and passion with you.
We have won numerous wine and mead-only competitions over the last five years all working towards our ultimate goal of producing the best mead we can.
At this time we can be found in local restaurants around the Greensburg and Pittsburgh area. We hope to have a tasting room open soon.
Mead (also called Honey Wine) is an alcoholic drink, created by fermenting honey and water. It is one of the oldest beverages known to man that many people have never heard of. In fact, archaeological evidence dates mead to approximately 7000 BC!
Mead is often referred to as the “nectar of the gods” and has been associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Honey has long been associated with sexual desire and fertility. There’s a reason it’s called a “honeymoon.” The parents of the newlyweds would often supply them with enough honey to last a month (or a moon cycle) to ensure them happiness and fertility.
Mead has also had strong ties to ancient Egyptians, Norse Vikings, English Kings and Celtic traditions. Mead is often spoken and written about in literature. It was mentioned in works by Pliny, Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Washington Irving, and J.K. Rowling!
Mead fell out of favor in about the 12th century due to heavy taxation and regulations on the ingredients used to make alcoholic beverages. Because honey was such a prized commodity it was expensive and mostly only consumed by royalty. In addition, with the start of voyages to the new world, and the discovery of sugar cane, honey was no longer necessary as a sweetener.
With the rise of the craft beer industry and home brewing came the rise in people wanting to taste and experience new and unique things. So we congratulate you on seeking out a new experience and hope that we can exceed your expectations!
Honey is an all natural sweetener that is rich in antioxidants. It has been used for centuries to treat symptoms of the common cold by soothing sore throats and calming persistent coughs.
Mead is also Gluten Free