Tour Illinois’ First Mead Taproom, Wild Blossom, Opening Soon on the South Side
Beverly’s new meadery and brewery hopes to open in March
by Ashok Selvam
Mark March 3 on those calendars, as that’s when Illinois’ first meadery plans to open. Wild Blossom Meadery sits across from Beverly’s dry line, so they’re allowed to sell alcohol in a neighborhood that’s mostly dry. Owner Greg Fischer opened up his new tasting room to give Eater Chicago the first peek inside the new facility where they’ll make mead and brew beer while bees make honey.
Honeycombs are omnipresent inside the tasting room that comes with an eight-seat bar and room for 60 people. Many brewers avoid using honey in their beer because it’s too expensive, but that’s not a problem at Wild Blossom, where they’ll make their own. That will lead to the consumption of lesser-known drinks such as braggots, a honey-based low-alcohol type of mead that’s not overly sweet, as it allows for many floral characteristics to be highlighted. They’ll also make wine.
Fischer said they’re still working on the landscaping, so when the temperatures rise, they’ll celebrate the completion of their outdoor space with a grand opening in the spring/summer. The property backs out to the Dan Ryan Woods and guests will be able to drink outside.
Meadery Profile: Wild Blossom Meadery