By Angie Wieck Today at 1:05 a.m.
FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA – After watching the craft beverage trend continue to grow in recent years, a Horace couple have decided to turn their own home-brewing hobby into a business.
Susan and Bob Ruud recently opened Prairie Rose Meadery in south Fargo.
Often referred to as “honey wine,” mead is made from fermented honey, water and yeast. Susan Ruud described mead as tasting similar to a sweet white wine, such as a Moscato.
“I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I loved the taste of mead. That’s what got me interested in it,” Bob Ruud said. “Susan has been very successful on the amateur level with awards for her meads. I’m more of the behind-the-scenes equipment guy supporting her in that.”
Susan Ruud said part of what attracted her to homebrewing was her background as a microbiologist in the plant pathology department at North Dakota State University.
“I just kind of fell in love with the whole process,” she said. “My background is microbiology, so it kind of fit in with that.”
Her success within the American Homebrewers Association gave her the confidence to take her hobby to a professional level.
She said the the response from customers so far has been great.
“It’s like with your home brew, when you actually serve it to someone and they really enjoy it, you can see it in their expression. It’s just gratifying. I enjoy that,” she said.
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