What is Fenwyr Cellars?
Fenwyr Cellars is a Meadery located in Spokane Washington. We make mead, also known as honey wine. We chose to start our Meadery in Spokane because of its growing wine and micro-brew culture and with the lack of Meaderies, we believe that Fenwyr Cellars will make an excellent addition to this culture.
Fenwyr Cellars was founded by Daniel Jessee, wife Jamie Friedman-Jessee (not in video), along with partners Thomas Phillip and Stephanie Grochowicz (not in video).
Fenwyr Cellars was began on a grass roots principle with no bank loans or debt and as a result we are producing on a small scale. We would like to keep loan and debt out of our business culture as we try to expand to the next level and that is why we launched this kick starter.
We currently have 8 recipes approved for production and know you will love them all!
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What is Mead?
Mead is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey and water. Some call it a Wine but when you get down to it, mead is as closely related to Wine as Wine is to Hard Cider or Beer. Mead, as a beverage has a unique mouth-feel not shared by any other kind of alcohol, it retains some of the character from the honey it is made from, even if it is fermented dry (no remaining sweetness).
Mead has had a long history with man that has been traced back to Africa. Some estimates place the discovery of Mead as far back as 70,000 years. Discovered? Wait a second! You mean to tell me that we didn't create mead on our own? That's right folks, mead was a natural discovery, a result of bee hives getting flooded by monsoonal rains, it was humankind learning how to replicate mead that allowed for us to take it with us as humankind spread out and colonized the world. Mead is far older than any other alcoholic beverage consumed today. Wine, for example, dates back 9,000 years and Beer dates back 7,000 years. Over the centuries, mead has been produced and consumed by every major civilization at some point in their history. It can be said that without the discovery of mead, we wouldn't have created beer or wine either.
In the last few years, mead has begun something of a renaissance in the United States and has been featured in many news articles NPR, New York Times, Forbes, and Popular Mechanics.
What Makes our Mead Different?
Our mead is amazing! It has well defined texture and flavor. It pushes the boundaries of what is considered sweet, dry, spicy or fruity in an wine. The ingredients we use for our meads are sourced from local and regional producers whenever possible.
Our Master Mead Maker has over 11 years of experience in making Mead. Daniel specializes in traditional meads, as well as meads made with fruits known as melomels and spices known as metheglins.
How your Funds will help us?
If we reach our funding goal, we will use the funding to purchase much needed supplies and equipment expand our production and get our Mead to market. Equipment such as larger fermenters, pumps, filters as well as supplies such as honey, bottles, labels, foils and corks for our first large batch.
What's in it for you?
- You will be contributing to the growth of Spokane Wine and Mead culture and helping the growth of the Mead industry.
- You will be supporting a small business that will be a responsible member of the community and will employ people in the future.
- You will be supporting local agriculture, local farmers and local bee keepers.
- You will get the satisfaction that you helped make this business successful.
- You get the cool stuff we have described in the rewards!
$5 and up
Your name will be listed on our kickstarter wall of fame on our Facebook Page (available for download) as well as our kickstarter wall of fame on our future website.
$25 and up
In addition to all previous rewards, you will receive an exclusive Fenwyr Cellars bumper sticker. You will also have your name added to our kickstarter donor plaque which will be a carved piece of oak with founders names burned into the front.
$50 and up
In addition to all previous rewards, you will also receive an exclusive Fenwyr Cellars T-Shirt.
$75 and up
In addion to all the previous rewards, you will receive an exclusive Fenwyr Cellars Shot Glass.
$100 and up
In addition to all previous rewards you will receive a pair of exlusive wine glasses with option to have name etched on to them.
$250 and up
In addition to all previous rewards, you will receive an invitation to Fenwyr Cellars first release party! This invitation will include a +1 for an additional guest.
$500 and up
In addition to all previous rewards, you will receive an exclusive Fenwyr Cellars themed glass 12-ounce Drinking Horn.
$750 and up
In addition to all previous rewards, you will be able to have a Personal Tour of Fenwyr Cellars Meadery (not available to public) (subject to scheduling with meadery) (Travel expenses not covered).
$1000 and up
In addition to all previous rewards, we will create a mead named in your honor which includes getting the recipe approved by the TTB, we will distribute to retail shops, resteraunts, and bars in the Spokane area.
$1500 and up
In addition to all previous rewards, we will let you help create a custom mead recipe, design a label to your liking, and after the recipe and label is approved by the TTB, we will put it on the limited release list.
$2000 and up
In addition to receiving all previous rewards, we will let you name one of our fermenters.
How can I help?
You can help us reach our goal by picking one of the rewards we have described and donating that amount or more! If we reach our goal, you get the reward and satisfaction you helped us succeed.
Tell your friends, tell your neighbors. Like us on Facebook, Share this on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Google Plus, Tumblr, Instagram, ect...; tell your co-workers, put it on fliers and put them in everyone's mail box. Word of mouth and modern social networking will go far in making this campaign a success.
Remember, we need your help for this project to succeed if we fail we get nothing and if we succeed, you will be responsible for helping a small local business complete their goal of getting our mead flowing to local stores, bars and restaurants, you will also get the rewards you chose!