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The Laurel Highlands Meadery is Pennsylvania's second oldest dedicated Meadery. Started in 2010 with federal approval granted in 2010 and Pennsylvania state approval granted in 2011. We have been making mead for a number of years and wish to share our experience and passion with you.
We have won numerous wine and mead-only competitions over the last six years all working towards our ultimate goal of producing the best mead we can. The award that we prize the most is a gold medal won at the Mazer Cup Mead-only competition in 2015 for our Traditional Mead.
At this time we can be found in local restaurants around the Greensburg and Pittsburgh area. We have also (finally!) opened our tasting room in downtown Irwin, PA in 2016.
Mead (also called Honey Wine) is an alcoholic drink, created by fermenting honey and water. It is one of the oldest beverages known to man that many people have never heard of. In fact, archaeological evidence dates mead to approximately 7000 BC!
Mead is often referred to as the “nectar of the gods” and has been associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Honey has long been associated with sexual desire and fertility. There’s a reason it’s called a “honeymoon.” The parents of the newlyweds would often supply them with enough honey to last a month (or a moon cycle) to ensure them happiness and fertility.
Mead has also had strong ties to ancient Egyptians, Norse Vikings, English Kings and Celtic traditions. Mead is often spoken and written about in literature. It was mentioned in works by Pliny, Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Washington Irving, and J.K. Rowling!
Mead fell out of favor in about the 12th century due to heavy taxation and regulations on the ingredients used to make alcoholic beverages. Because honey was such a prized commodity it was expensive and mostly only consumed by royalty. In addition, with the start of voyages to the new world, and the discovery of sugar cane, honey was no longer necessary as a sweetener.
With the rise of the craft beer industry and home brewing came the rise in people wanting to taste and experience new and unique things. So we congratulate you on seeking out a new experience and hope that we can exceed your expectations!
Honey is an all natural sweetener that is rich in antioxidants. It has been used for centuries to treat symptoms of the common cold by soothing sore throats and calming persistent coughs.
Mead is also Gluten Free.
Acerglyn - Honey and Maple Syrup
Bochet - Caramelized Honey
Braggot - Malt and Honey
Capsicumel - Hot Peppers and Honey
Cyser - Apple Juice & Honey
Melomel - Fruit and Honey
Metheglin - Mead with Spices
Morat - Mullberries and Honey
Mulsum - Not a true mead - Honey and white wine blend
Pyment - Grapes and Honey
Rhodomel - Rose hips and Honey
Tej - Ethiopian Mead
Traditional - Mead made with only Honey, Yeast, and Water