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Gregory FischerBy Gregory Fischer
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Gregory FischerBy Gregory Fischer
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 22 2016 7:34 PM UTC +00:00

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Wild Blossom Meadery will bring mead, the greenest sustainable craft beverage on Earth made right here in Chicago, to the world.  Wild Blossom Meadery specializes in making fine artisanal mead, wine made from honey. Mead ~ the oldest wine on Earth, dates back more than 7000BC and was prized by royalty.  Mead has gotten lost over the centuries being over shadowed by easier to make wine and beer. Mead is being rediscovered and there is a resurgence of meaderies across the globe.  Our challenge is most people don't know what mead is and how good it tastes.  Our new location will allow more people to experience mead and discover its wonderful qualities for themselves.  We are about to expand our successful small storefront shop in Chicago to a world-class meadery & honeybee sanctuary.  We make mead (honey wine) and love raising honey bees in the Chicagoland area. Our shop, Bev Art, started over 20 years ago selling beer & wine making supplies and teaching weekly craft beverage making classes. Our craft beverage shop has allowed us to innovate craft beverages and we found mead irresistible. Since we were beekeepers, making mead was a perfect match. Our bees collected some of the best honey on Earth right here in Chicago and we found it makes exceptional mead winning awards across the country.  We discovered a perfect spot at our doorstep to create our vision Wild Blossom Meadery, an abandoned warehouse adjacent to the Rock Island, Beverly Hills 91st street Metra train stop.  With a short train ride from the heart of downtown Chicago and the backdrop of a more than 257-acre forest preserve with a bike path to our door, we believe this is an exceptional place for our green sustainable Wild Blossom Meadery & Honey Bee Sanctuary.  

Excellent local pure honey made at our honeybee sanctuary
Excellent local pure honey made at our honeybee sanctuary

 In Illinois, our mead earned best in show in the state wine competition and was awarded the Governors Cup by Governor Pat Quinn.  Wild Blossom is the leading brand of local mead in retail shops and restaurants throughout Illinois. Our new renovated facility will allow us to expand production to meet the demand and fulfill a dream. Cheers to the honeybees!

New renovated building of an abandoned warehouse
New renovated building of an abandoned warehouse

 

Wild Blossom Plot
Wild Blossom Plot

 

Floor plan
Floor plan

 

 

Construction work in progress
Construction work in progress

 

Our bees enjoy the wild flowers in the parks and lakefront
Our bees enjoy the wild flowers in the parks and lakefront

 

Construction work in progress
Construction work in progress

Wild Blossom Meadery Channel 7 News Report

Our new location at the edge of the Dan Ryan Woods forest preserve is a perfect place to bring people and nature together to enjoy mead as well as other craft beverages. In addition to honey wines, Wild Blossom makes wines from grapes and honey-based beers. We are the only meadery on the Illinois wine trail that makes us a destination for Chicagoans and visitors from around the world. Our new tasting room and outdoor space will invite locals and tourists for tastings and tours daily, in addition to the opportunity to make their own batch of wine or beer in our classroom.  For over 15 years our Bev Art Beverage School weekly classes have been fun and dynamic. Students can produce high-quality wine, beer and other craft beverages at our location. After fermentation, our new craft beverage artists learn to tweak to personal preference, bottle and custom label their own crafted beverage.  We ensure our students will always be proud of what they serve to family and friends. Our classroom is perfect for groups or individuals making their own special wine for their wedding, family gatherings, or for corporate team building experiences.

We have been working on this project for several years and have been searching for the perfect place in Chicago where nature and the city can coexist. Now we have found it; we are ready to create a Chicago treasure.   With additional funds we can complete our vision with wild flower gardens, walkways, and furnishings that will make Wild Blossom Meadery a magnificent world-class destination.

Risks and challenges

Wild Blossom Meadery~the first meadery in Illinois, is already successfulI and ready for expansion. With all of our savings and an SBA loan, we have started renovation of a 9450sf building plus outdoor space. We have over 30 years of experience in the wine and beverage business and have a keen knowledge of what to do to be successful. Mead is one of the fastest growing craft beverage sectors, and the market is wide open for our expansion. We are presently the brand leader of local mead market throughout Illinois and have lots of room for growth. Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply division of the business is a leader in the homebrew beer and wine making market, and will continue to grow as the demand for craft beverages in Chicago increases. We've been diligent on this project for several years and have overcome major hurdles and challenges from zoning changes to an EPA site clean up. We've addressed and overcome each of these challenges and are now creating this Chicago treasure.
With additional funds, we will be able to complete our vision with wildflower gardens, walkways in our outdoor space, and furniture that our bank funding would not cover. Our vision of a green meadery, using solar and additional sustainable energy alternatives, will allow us to lead the way with sustainability along with our mead production.
We invite you to become an important part of this project. Chose your gift level and be a part of a unique growing successful business venture. Together, we will create a jewel of Chicago, for locals as well as visitors from around the world. Honeybees have been in decline due to environmental factors, pesticides, and factory farming practices. Our Honeybee Sanctuary will be an example how honeybees and the urban environment can coexist in harmony. Cheers to mead, the honeybees, and you for creating a greener environment!

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    You get a Honeybee finger puppet stopper filled with wildflower seeds that help honeybees. A Wild Blossom Meadery sticker. A honeybee thank you card for helping the earth bee greener.

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    Be a Drone Bee (We need drone bees to keep the queen happy) - Get a cool Wild Blossom Meadery T-shirt.

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    Be a Worker bee - Get a 2 lb jar of our local honey, a set of Wild Blossom Mead drinking glasses and a cool Wild Blossom Meadery T-shirt.

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    Be Pollinator bee - Receive a gift basket full of Honey Bee Products and a Wild Blossom Meadery T-Shirt. Membership of the Wild Blossom Supporters club. Invite for 2 to the special opening and tour. Your name listed as our supporters . A special thank you card.

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    Be a Home Mead or Wine Maker - Mead or Wine Making class Certificate for 2. Join one of our weekly classes or give as a gift and support us. Includes all the supplies and ingredients to make your own. A special thank you supporter and a free tour.

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    Be a Swarm Bee

    Be a Swarm Bee - Receive a gift basket full of Honey Bee Products Cool Wild Blossom Meadery T-shirt. Membership of the Wild Blossom Supporters club. Your name engraved on our honeycomb wall in our tasting room as a supporter. Private tour of our Meadery for up to 10 friends.

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    Be A Beekeeper - Adopt a Bee Hive. Have your company and name plaque on one of our bee hives as a supporter. Name the Hawaiian queen of the hive. Be a Beekeeper and put on a bee suit, veil and gloves. Learn first hand about beekeeping as we go deep into the hives and find the queen. Video and portrait of your beekeeping. Invite for 2 to exclusive Mead dinner

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    Be a Mead Maker - Adopt a Fermenter. Have your name engraved on one of our Fermenters as a supporter. Custom label for your charity or your name available. Private tour for up to 10 friends, Invite for 2 to exclusive Mead dinner.

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    Be a Group Bee - Private Brewing class for 10 of your friends. Learn the art of brewing and learn to make five different styles of brew. All the supplies and ingredients are included. Additional food can be brought in. Larger groups can be accommodated for an extra fee.Use of equipment includes 5 gallon fermenters and all the other equipment to make home brew.

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    Be a Group Bee - Private Wine or Mead class for 10 of your friends. Learn the art of wine making as well as Mead making. Learn to make five different styles of vino. All the supplies and ingredients are included. Additional food can be brought in. Larger groups can be accommodated for an extra fee. Use of equipment includes 6 gallon fermenters and all the other equipment to make Home made Wine or Mead.

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    Full Barrel Winemaking Class. You and up to 15 of your friends can learn hands on how to make a full barrel of Red or White Vino. This 4 part class go's from crush to bottling. Class 1 Crush. Class 2 Pressing. Class 3 Racking and Barreling. Class 4 adjusting, filtering and bottling. This class includes premium varietal grapes for from the top growing regions of California and all the supplies needed.

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    Queen Bee - Use of our new space for your Wedding or Event. Our green Meadery building and facility is the perfect venue to host your event. Events can be scheduled for future dates. Additional costs can be worked out for catering, beverage service and other supplies. Schedule event with in 3 years.

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