We're getting all geared up for our Viking Brunch this weekend!
Coffee Chaos will be canned tomorrow, Cold Brewtus is polishing up their espresso machine, and Ricky is pouring over textbooks to get ideas for historically-accurate brunch foods.
The good news is, brunch seems to be a a modern contrivance that was developed to suit the post-revelry needs of Saturday-evening carousers, which means that the event is pretty open to interpretation.
So, what we're going to do is develop a menu based on our normal rules (which you can learn about here and here), that primarily features dishes too complicated to serve on our regular menu.
We're talking shrimp sautéed in clarified butter, seared cheese, herring and pickle skewers, and a ton of cocktails specially designed for the occasion.
What cocktails? Cocktails like the Copenhagen 75, Ricky's single favorite drink he's ever invented.
See you on Sunday!
In which Ricky the Meadmaker drinks in public and talks to people.
We love our interns at Groennfell Meadery!
In fact, we once wrote a whole article about it and have also been featured in the Beer Necessities talking about it.
If you've ever wanted to intern at the meadery, our application is now live!
Generally speaking, our requirements are as follows:
That's it! If that sounds like you, fill out the application here.
Learn more about Old Growth Alchemy and where to get her bitters here!
As we've been getting everything together for the Spring Feast and the unveiling of our new menu, it's gotten us thinking about the Mission of the Mead Hall.
It's been over two years since we wrote our Mead Hall with a Mission manifesto, and we thought it was time to check in with our commitments. Possibly it would be time to update our mission to reflect who we are as a company.
It turns out that the last thing we need is an update. Instead, our mission is as needed today as when we wrote it on that bitter cold January morning.
Here's the manifesto in its entirety:
Colchester’s Mead Hall is not merely a restaurant, brewery, or bar. Certainly, there will be food and drink aplenty for those who desire it, but The Mead Hall is so much more. We believe that at the heart of every strong community, there’s a strong Mead Hall; a place that stands as the last bastion of Community and Civility.
The Mead Hall is not political. It is above politics. The Mead Hall exists to be the heart-and-soul of the community it serves, and all are welcome.
We have turned to glowing screens and missed the glowing faces of our kith and kin.
We have sent texts when an embrace was called for.
We have given advice when our silence was demanded.
We have entrenched when we ought most to listen.
We have built networks but neglected our communities.
The Mead Hall is a place to turn back to one another, not only to those we already know and love, but also to newcomers and strangers. Come, Drink with Us.
After reading it, we wouldn't change a word. We only hope that we can do even better in living our creed.
The only thing we'd like to add is: Join in the Feast!
In which Ricky the Meadmaker answers questions about reverse osmosis vs. charcoal filtering, using more yeast vs. making a starter, fermentation temperatures, clarifying, bubble terminology, and more!
Groennfell Meadery is Vermont’s premier craft meadery. Inspired by Old Norse legends, brewed with extraordinary ingredients, Groennfell’s meads are unlike anything you’ve had before. Crisp, clean, and astoundingly drinkable, the only way to explain any one of Groennfell’s meads is to try one yourself.