Father, son open meadery in Tukwila
by Heidi Sanders
The Tukwila Reporter
Washington – A new business with roots dating back thousands of years is making its home in Tukwila.
Father and son, Rob and Jon Oppegaard, opened Oppegaard Meadery, 596 Industry Drive, Suite 608A, on Dec. 10.
There they make and sell a honey-based alcohol known as mead, commonly associated with Vikings, “Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings.”
“When we were still trying to figure out a name for this business we were like, ‘Why don’t we just call it Oppegaard Meadery because it is Norwegian? It is Scandinavian. It is Viking,’” Rob said.
“Which is kind of where everybody thinks of mead from, even though every major civilization going back, we know for sure at least like 9,000 years, knew about mead,” Jon added. “But it is kind of famous for Viking stuff.”
The Oppegaards are starting out with five flavors – traditional, cherry, blackberry, blueberry and oak barrel bourbon, which starts with traditional mead made with honey and water and aged in an oak barrel.
“We are trying to keep all of our business local,” Rob said. “Our honey is from the Northwest. Our fruits. The blueberries, my cousin has a blueberry orchard – 30 acres of blueberries that’s been there for years. The cherries came from a friend’s cherry orchard in Eastern Washington. The blackberries we all picked wild. We picked over 700 pounds of fruit this year.”
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