New Northeast Florida meadery breaks into market
by Alexa Epitropoulos
Jacksonville Business Journal
John Harris had been making mead for over a decade and home brewing for over two when he first thought about making a business out of it.
After winning numerous contests, both local and regional, he decided to look into making a full-time business out of it. More recently, he founded Harris Meadery out of his home and, already, he’s signed with two distributors to enter the Jacksonville, Savannah and Atlanta markets.
He said the idea is to start small and see what the demand is in the market – but he sees a market that’s hungry for it, as evidenced by breweries getting into mead-making, like Engine 15 and Wicked Barley, and new mead-making business starting up, like The Mazer on King Street.
“It’s sort of the next evolution in craft beverages,” Harris said. “People are looking for alternatives to beer and cider. It has cross-over appeal as well. It appeals to the wine drinker and beer drinker.”
Harris has signed with Cavalier Distributing in Florida and R&R Distributors in Atlanta, and you’ll find his products in ABC locations, Total Wine, both Beer:30 locations, Alewife and on tap in some local breweries. So far, it’s been an overwhelming response, with many vendors making reorders, and others selling out.
So far, Harris Meadery has introduced one product, its key lime pie mead, but there are plans to introduce its cherry raspberry currant mead to the market for the holidays. One of Harris’ most popular creations, whiskey peach, may also find its way to the market.
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