Handmade Mead in Hyattsville!
Maryland Meadworks’ mission is to produce handmade, high-quality, great-tasting mead—also known as honey wine—using natural brewing processes and the best local and regional ingredients available, including some honey from Hyattsville's own Hope Honey Farms.
Hyattsville, Maryland is the perfect location for our meadery. Hyattsville has an awesome, diverse community with many unique restaurants, retailers, artists, artisans, and musicians. Maryland Meadworks is located next to Shortcake Bakery on Rhode Island Avenue, across from the Northwest Branch Trail. We will have a cozy tasting room with a small stage for live entertainment. You will be able to join your friends and neighbors for a glass or two of mead and you can get a bottle or growler to go. We want to create a true community gathering place that is uniquely Hyattsville. We also want to make it worth the trip for intrepid mead seekers from DC, Virginia and the rest of Maryland. The building itself has an interesting history. Built in 1915, it has been a private residence, a church, a garage, a convenience store as well as the headquarters of an African American motorcycle club (that's where the turrets came from).
We have made great progress on the path to opening our meadery doors (see the photo history below). We just need a little help from our friends like you to put us over the top. We still have some equipment we need to purchase and our budget is tight. These include our bottling machine, label machine, floor pump, water filter, and pump-over cart. You have the power to give us that final push to the finish line - or as I like to call it, Valhalla. Plus, you get some cool Maryland Meadworks schwag in the process.
Brief History of Mead
Mead, also known as honey wine, is a beverage consisting of honey and water fermented by yeast. Its alcoholic content ranges from 8-18%. Likely the oldest alcoholic beverage on the planet, mead dates all the way back to the Neolithic Era—around 8,000 BC. Evidence of its existence in ancient times can be found all around the world from Africa to China, Europe and the Americas.
The earliest mead was likely a happy accident, as yeasts that occur naturally in the air combined with water and honey or honey combs, spurring the fermentation process. Some experts theorize that early humans inadvertently mixed honey and water in some sort of vessel, such as a gourd or animal skin bag, which quickly began to ferment on its own. Alternatively, rain water may have pooled in a downed tree trunk or other natural formation along with a bee hive or broken honey comb, also leading to the creation of mead by chance.
Brief Photo History of Maryland Meadworks
Here's a really really brief photo history to give you an idea of what we have been up to during the past two years to get Maryland Meadworks up and running (we'll spare you the licensing, permitting, inspecting, and other fun stuff):
Thank you for your help, energy and support!
Of course, we couldn't have gotten this far without the generous help from our many friends and family. Now, we just need to finish the permitting and inspection process, secure our use and occupancy permit, purchase the final pieces of equipment, set the tanks up, finish the tasting room (with seating for nearly 30 people and a small stage for entertainment and enlightenment), and start making some awesome mead!.
So, choose your weapon - I mean, level - and get ready to get your mead on!
Drink Hail! Wassail! I love my friends!!!
Risks and challenges
Bee Responsible (About Our Corporate Responsibility)
Our rallying cry at Maryland Meadworks is: "Drink Mead, Save the World!" Honeybees are a vital part of our ecosystem. They pollinate nearly 80% of crops in the U.S., and they make the nutritious honey that we use to make our delicious mead. So, when you drink more mead, we buy more honey, and we all support our local beekeepers and their honeybees.
Maryland Meadworks believes in corporate social responsibility, a concept gaining traction around the world among both small-scale entrepreneurs and multinational enterprises. As such, we strive to succeed not just financially but also socially and environmentally—taking care to ensure we treat people right and promote a sustainable environment.
Here are some of the efforts we are making to boost our “triple bottom line”:
• To underscore the importance of bees to our business and help maintain their well-being, we will donate a portion of our sales to the University of Maryland’s Bee Informed Partnership sentinel hive project;
• To support fellow entrepreneurs while encouraging the local bee population, we include a portion of honey from Hope Honey, a local apiary, in each batch of our mead;
• To recycle, we offer reusable bottles, so customers can purchase a swing-top bottle of mead and then bring it back and exchange it for another full, sealed, bottle of another mead. The cost of the bottle is only be charged once, and we can reuse the returned bottles;
• To minimize waste while making the most of our organic matter, we compost any residual fruit through Eco City Farms, a non-profit urban farm and education project a few miles away in Edmonston;
• To study mead yeast and discover more about the best ways to produce mead, we are working with faculty at the University of Maryland through the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS), which provides grants for developing innovative new technologies, in turn creating jobs and boosting the economy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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