by Renss Greene
Chris Ekechukwu walked into a room in Washington, DC, with a two-minute pitch for his mead, and left with a ticket to the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream finals in Boston in December.
Ekechukwu created the company Honey Grail and its main product, Boudica’s Uprising Honey Mead. It is a light, semi-sweet, sparkling take to the ancient alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey.
“I had been home brewing for a little bit, and I had this notion you could kind of improve this if you made it more like a cider,” Ekechukwu said. “So ours is less sweet, it’s sparkling, and we pack it in beer bottles instead of wine bottles.”
He was selected by a panel of expert judges from among six DC-area food and beverage small business owners. If he wins against the three other regional winners in Boston, he will receive a $10,000 business grant and mentoring from brewing company Samuel Adams.
It was the first time the Pitch Room competition has come to DC.
“It was a tough decision, but ultimately the judges could see that Chris of Honey Grail was extremely passionate, had a great product and could really benefit from coaching from the Sam Adams team,” stated Jennifer Glanville, brewer and director of brewery programs for Samuel Adams and one of the Pitch Room judges.
Meadery Profile: Honey Grail