By KEVIN McGARRYAUG. 16, 2016
The New York Times
Deep in Brooklyn’s artisanal hinterlands, where East Williamsburg and Bushwick converge on Scott Avenue, a new alcoholic enterprise is brewing — with a twist. Enlightenment Wines, New York’s self-proclaimed first meadery, is a distinctly DIY undertaking that seeks to elevate the profile of honey wines beyond their knee-jerk associations with the “Game of Thrones” milieu. To do so, this summer its founders quietly opened a front-of-house tasting room and cocktail bar called Honey’s adjoining the meadery, where visitors can sample brews like Memento Mori (drawn from foraged dandelion flowers) and Jewels Into Flowers (an apple mead made from chrysanthemum and chamomile flowers), as well as a menu of bar snacks and cocktails devised by the mixologist Arley Marks of Mission Chinese and Dimes.
Enlightenment is the brainchild of two sons of herbalist-artists — Marks and Raphael Lyon — along with a third partner, Anthony Rock, who is also the co-owner of a family winery south of Sacramento. Marks and Lyon, RISD and Brown graduates respectively, met in Providence, R.I., in the mid-aughts, and have assembled the components of Honey’s in a continued spirit of communal creativity. Jonathan Mosca, who has worked as an art director for films like “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” designed and built the interiors all in minimal gray and blond: cinder blocks, poured concrete, matte steel and wooden booths. The designers Chen Chen and Kai Williams made the lamps overhead; the sculptor Jessi Reaves designed the tap handles for the draft beers; and the artist Jessie Stead created a video looping in the hall to the restrooms.