As many of you have heard by now, we’re going to be moving to our forever meadery! We could not be more excited (and overwhelmed) by the move, but there is a small sadness as well.
After five wonderful years, we’re going to be closing our tasting room and restaurant in Colchester.
There is no question that this was the hardest decision we had to make about growing. From the Firkin Friday Friends to the Isole Dinner Club to Cavern and Harvest Fest, we couldn’t imagine our company without our incredible Meadiacs popping in every week for a pint, a brat, a board game, and a few hours of philosophical conversation.
Before you let out your first sob, there are three pieces of consolation.
First, we have an entire month of going-away parties planned starting this weekend with Family Day and then the Mad Tea Party on New Year’s Eve at the Mead Hall! And we have two events every weekend until the end of January.
Second, we’re taking the Mead Hall mobile!!! We’re going to be setting up encampments throughout the state every month. If you can’t come to the Mead Hall, the Mead Hall will come to you. More details coming soon!
Third, we’re already looking for a forever home for the Mead Hall. There are some promising locations, so stay tuned.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for all of your years of support.
We can’t wait to see what the future holds!
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!
It’s Viking Feast Night! We’ve been working on the new Colchester's Mead Hall menu for over a year, and it’s finally here!
Come try the amazing collaboration of Ricky the Meadmaker and Renaissance Man Clayton.
Reservations still available; please call 802-497-2345.
At Colchester's Mead Hall, every rainy, snowy, gloomy, bleak Wednesday is officially declared: Tom Waits Wednesday.
What makes a Tom Waits Wednesday? Well, album after album of music by this incomparable musician... dimmed lights... a general feeling of unsettled restlessness... abundant drinks... basically, we provide the scene, you fill it with your own tortured thoughts.
For the uninitiated, Tom Waits can be a little overwhelming, given that he has 28 albums released relatively consistently over the past five decades, including soundtracks and a Faustian black opera .
Not to mention the fact that he also has several books of poetry and has appeared in over two dozen films.
So, where does one start? Answer: Probably not with Swordfishtrombones.
There's no right way to get into Tom Waits. Heck, we have a regular who started with Alice and then moved on to The Black Rider, only to discover later Waits' melodic works.
What we present is not the definitive technique to become a Tom Waits nut, but it's worked for many acolytes:
From here on in, it's up to you. But don't worry, we're here for you.
That's what Tom Waits Wednesday is really about: just a bunch of Tom Waits nerds listening to a man gargle lava while his band plays like they're falling down the steps of hell and trying to convince the world they should listen, too.
Long did he wander through shadow and snow,
Across bridges of light and chasms of darkness.
The Meadmaker pushed silently on,
Alone but for his purpose and resolve.
To the very walls of Asgard his footsteps led,
Yea to the very doors of Valhalla.
With mighty hand did the Meadmaker fight,
Against many worthy foes.
In defeat, the great warriors maintained their honor.
In victory the Meadmaker was humble.
Not for honor did he voyage and fight,
But for the great prize of this Highest World.
With Sæhrimnir bound and Heiðrún beside,
The Meadmaker joyfully journeyed homeward.
Back, he came, to Midgard to share with his beloved,
The Meadiacs of the Hall, his everlasting prize.
For each week, in honor of the High One,
On his self-named day,
Shall the Meadmaker prepare the Great Beast,
And it shall be feasted upon by those of this land.
And for the Mighty Thor, on his sacred day,
Each week shall the Great Goat be made to give Mead
And so quench at little cost the thirst
Of the worthy and faithful to The Hall!
For those of you not much given to poetry or textual analysis, here's the TL;DR:
Starting tomorrow, every Wednesday, we're featuring Nordic Pulled Pork Sandwiches for only $4!
Every Thursday is $2 draft of Craft Mead!
Why? Because we love you and want you to be happy.
This year has been full of tremendous happenings around the meadery.
We built a Mead Hall within our current space, started serving food, released the final year-round offerings from Havoc Mead, completed the transition to cans for all of our products, doubled our staff, sponsored Vermont's first Renaissance Faire, and much more.
So, could 2017 even compare? You bet your hornless helmet it can.
If that's not enough, you should know that we're keeping our biggest surprise under our belt for now... more details coming soon.
This Friday, December 23rd, is the last of week of Gifts of the Meadmaker, and we are going out big.
For one night only, Ricky the Meadmaker is pulling out all of the stops to make his family's multi-course, extravagant Hanukkah dinner, but there's a twist: He's using only Viking-era ingredients and techniques.
How is he doing that? Well, he has three days to figure it out. It's the time of the year for miracles, right?
Here's what's on the menu:
Roast Beef Braised with Spiced Wine
Pink Pickled Herring
Purple Cabbage with Pillaged Spices
Wine-Soaked Nuts and Raisins (alcoholic)
Space is limited, so please call 802-497-2345 to make a reservation.
More information is available on our Facebook Event.
Harvest Fest is THIS SATURDAY, September 24th from 11:30-8 and we are SO excited!
Let's review why this is going to be the greatest event of your Autumn:
So get excited! Are you excited? Not as excited as we are!
To learn more, check out our Facebook event!
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