Tap Into Plainfield
Friday, February 13, 2015 • 5:00am
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Sergio Moutela has come a long way from the days of making traditional grape wine with his family and trying his hand at homebrewed beers. Indulging his interest in mead – a wine made from honey rather than grapes – Moutela made history when he opened Melovino Craft Meadery last fall.
A first generation American, Moutela grew up in a Portuguese family and, from an early age, assisted with the wine making process. As an adult, he joined the Woodbridge Homebrewers Ales and Lager Enthusiasts Society (WHALES) and began trying his hand a making beer, entering and occasionally winning local, regional, and national competitions for his homebrewed products. It was through his affiliation with the group that he stumbled on mead and thought he’d give that a try as well.
Moutela went out, bought honey, diluted it with water and, after letting it sit for a few months in his basement, gave it a try. “I didn’t know what to expect. I had never tasted it before and figured it would probably taste like a light honey beer,” Moutela said, adding, “I was really excited to taste it and it was disgusting. Really, really bad.”
Determined to make a better product the next time around, Moutela spent hours researching mead before mixing new batches and entering them – along with some of his beers – into new competitions. In 2012, the next two meads he crafted won both gold and silver medals in a notable regional competition and, the following year, took home 18 more award for his meads. Perhaps most notable was winning back-to-back gold medals in the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition. Not only did Moutela take home the top honor from the largest mead contest in the world but he also received an inquiry from one of the Mazer judges seeking the winning recipe.
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