Illinois’ 1st Meadery Plans to Give South Side Honey & Mead Later This Month
Wild Blossom’s tasting room should open in January
by Ashok Selvam, Eater Chicago
Illinois’ first full-blown meadery should open this month in Beverly. Despite delays from securing permits, Wild Blossom Meadery’s Greg Fischer said they’ll soon serve fresh mead, beer and ciders at their new tasting room. The tasting room is part of Bev Art’s new facility where they’ll host private events, offer brewing classes and, of course, keep bees.
They’ll concentrate on honey beers and incorporate fruit from California in their elixirs. Fischer said they’re about “99 percent” finished with construction. The design has changed quite a bit since last spring. The tasting room will have room for about 60 people, featuring 10 high tops and eight seats at the bar with a granite countertop. They just finished installing a 24-tap system and will feature guest drafts, as well as a large selection of craft bottles and cans. There’s wine, too. Food trucks, always a friend to breweries, will be courted to take care of the eats.
Mead is the ancient boozy beverage made with fermented honey. It’s heavily referenced in Norse mythology, as Thor and his viking pals imbibed quite a bit of it.
The location backs up to the Dan Ryan Woods near the Rock Island 91st Street Metra Station. That will provide a scenic backdrop when Wild Blossom opens up its outdoor area. Fischer said he’s consulting with the Chicago Botanical Garden for advice on landscaping.
Meadery Profile: Wild Blossom Meadery