Every employee at Groennfell Meadery started as a homebrewer.
Without having done an actual survey, we’d estimate this holds true for 99% of other meaderies as well. As for breweries, it’s probably above 90%.
How about for these new craft distillers that are popping up around the country? 0%. None. Not a single one has ever, ever practiced at home. Or, at least, that’s what the government says.
Unlike brewing beer, wine, sake, cider, and mead, hobby distilling was never made legal after it was outlawed during prohibition. Homebrewing itself was finally legalized in 1978 by Jimmy Carter, though the very last state got on board a year ago when the Alabama legislature got around to passing a bill a mere thirty-five years after they were supposed to.
Now, ask a layperson and you’ll usually hear things like, “can’t moonshine make you go blind?” Or, “doesn’t it explode a lot?” The short answer to both of these questions is “NO!” The long answer is, “NO! I hope your 9th grade chemistry teacher is rolling in her grave, you uneducated nincompoop!”
For a much more polite long-form response, we highly recommend reading This FAQ Page.
We are not, nor have we ever been home distillers. We’d love to be, but if you saw last week’s Ask the Meadmaker then you know that we’ve had sufficient hobbies and jobs to keep us busy.
We are supporters of hobby distilling for three reasons:
Someday, several of us would love to make whiskey at home, but that’s not why we’re officially coming out in support of the Hobby Distiller’s Association. We support hobby distilling because it is safe, fun, and only illegal because of confusion and prejudice.
Please head over to HDA's website, www.hobbydistillersassociation.org, or to their Facebook Page and give them a like. We all did.
In which Ricky the Meadmaker answers questions about which product is his favorite, what he did before he was a meadmaker, natural carbonation, mead pairings, and more!
Did you know that all of our meadery tours are conducted by our real live brewers?
We’ll have none of those Over-Glorified Xerox Machine Attendants who know nothing about brewing pointing vaguely at large hunks of stainless steel and making up nonsense on OUR tours.
No Siree, Bob! All of the nonsense we tell you is made up by professionals!
But what if you can’t make it to the meadery, and you still want to be told whimsical balderdash by one of the aforementioned living and real meadmakers? Well, you’re in luck!
Over the next several weeks, we’re going to be all over the place. You can look for us at:
Cabot Annex in Stowe on July 26
Berkleefest at Top Notch Resort in Stowe on July 26 and August 30
Midd Summer Fest in Middlebury on August 2
Vermont Cider (and Mead) Festival at The Foundry in Killington on September 13
Vermont Golden Honey Festival in Proctorsville on September 13
The Brewhaha at Eat X NE at Oakledge Park in Burlington on September 19 & 20
And a bunch of other places, too!
Make sure to check our Calendar regularly to catch us out and about! We'll sure as heck be looking for you.
Hey, do you use one of them new-fangled Readers like Feedly or FeedDemon or such not?
Are you sick of only getting wildly entertaining blog posts, Thursday Fun Facts, and Videos in your feed?
What if I told you that you could also subscribe to a feed of just our Mead Recipes for cocktails and food?
Well, you can! Just enter this link into your reader: www.groennfell.com/4/feed
PS This would be a great way to get inspired for our Cooking with Mead Competition which ends July 31st!
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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.