GRAND OPENING MARCH 3rd
Thought we’d share our press release about this upcoming weekend!
Williamsburg, VA – Williamsburg’s latest addition to its growing craft alcoholic beverage industry will be officially dedicated on Thursday, March 3 by Williamsburg Vice Mayor Paul Freiling at a “ribbon cutting” ceremony at the Silver Hand Meadery, located at 224 Monticello Avenue, just west of the Monticello Shopping Center.
Owned and operated by area residents Glenn and Sherri Lavender, Silver Hand Meadery produces Williamsburg’s first and only varieties of mead – one of the most historic fermented drinks found on Earth. It has the creativity of craft beer and the elegance of wine, but is in a category all its own. Mead is created by fermenting sugars found in honey, with additional herbs, spices, and fruits added to create unique flavors.
The meadery, which has been operating on a limited basis since late November, has just released its first two original meads, called “Virginia Moon” and “Dream By The Fire.” According to Lavender, Virginia Moon is a “traditional dry mead” made from Virginia wildflower honey, while Dream By The Fire is a “cyser” made with Virginia apple cider, a blend of three honeys and spiced with vanilla bean, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. By the end of March two more meads will be added to the repertoire; “All Blues,” made from blueberry blossom honey and blueberries, and “Scarborough Fair,” their award-winning mead made with herbs.
Lavender said that the meadery is the culmination of a dream that he has had for many years, dating back to his days as a professional touring musician, traveling the world with his bandmates, prior to settling in the Williamsburg area to raise their three boys in 2012.
The meadery was the natural outgrowth of Lavender’s interest in the honey bee and desire to create. “I’ve been reading historical fiction books for a few years, and a lot of them mention mead as a drink,” he said. “It got me really interested in it, but it was very difficult to find.” Lavender said he decided to start making his own mead, crafting the first bottles in 2009.
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WEEKEND
Celebrate Silver Hand Meadery’s Grand Opening by stopping in for a free tasting of its first two locally-produced meads. Guided Honey Tastings are also available on the hour throughout the weekend.
Extended hours for Grand Opening Weekend (March 4-6) are Friday and Saturday 12-8 and Sunday 12-5.