By Alecia Lynn Eberhardt
5/26/15 – 2:48 pm
The Watershed Post
Greg Wilhelm, who just completed his last semester at SUNY Cobleskill, is not your typical recent college grad. As he finishes his bachelor’s degree in business administration, he is starting a real business: Royal Meadery, which is on track to open in the Schoharie County town of Richmondville in June.
Mead is not exactly a common choice for college students — at least not in this century. The wine-like beverage, created by fermenting honey with water and other ingredients, is known as the drink of either the Norse gods or the Greek gods, depending on whom you ask.
“You could ask 50 different people and they’d give you 50 different stories,” Wilhelm said. “Some people market it as a Viking drink. There are Greek myths that say you should give people mead for the first 30 days after marriage to encourage a boy’s birth. I don’t know. But it was the oldest fermented beverage, and that’s the really cool part about it — it’s still going today.”
Three years ago, in between jobs, Wilhelm, now 28, entered Cobleskill’s business administration program, making him a “non-traditional student.” While completing schoolwork and working full time at an engineering firm, he also had a hobby: making homebrewed beer, which he started dabbling in back in 2009.
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