by Allison Dyer Bluemel
The Greeley Tribune
Serving Greeley and Weld County, Colorado
Upon visiting a satellite unit off a home in Severance, one can find a variety of 13 different flavors of mead ranging from Palisade Peaches to Kona Coffee.
Mead — or honey wine as federal regulations mandate this variety as to its additional ingredients — is the oldest fermented beverage known to man. It is comprised of honey, water and yeast, Hunters Moon Meadery co-owner Kim Bowdish said.
The mead makers, Kim and her husband, Greg, started their operation in December 2010 and have grown their business to include 60 hives of bees for honey production and a potential mead capacity of 1,650 gallons, Kim said.
Since the first batch finished in 2011, the couple has won nine international awards and four state awards from the Front Range Wine Festival, she said.
“We get a lot of comments on the flavor,” Kim said. “A lot of people ask us how we came up with the idea for the flavorings.”
Hunters Moon Semi-Sweet Meads, the largest category the Bowdishs produce, includes flavors such as whole clove spice, wild huckleberry and chokecherry, saffron, coffee, blueberry, organic lemons, Earl Grey tea, Palisade peaches and bing cherry.
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