Recently we have noted multiple publication that would indicate that brides and grooms are seeking alternatives to the Champagne toast for the most important day of their lives.
It's no secret that mead is steeped in tradition and history of the joining of two people. In-fact hundreds of years before Champagne took the front seat role in this celebratory event, mead was the way to go and often dictated in Norse, Celtic and Anglo-saxon worlds of yore.
At the 2017 Charter Oak Mead Competition held September 24th at the Lebanon fair grounds, Nordic Moon Meadery took home numerous awards in the various styles of mead. Kevin West the head mead maker for Nordic Moon, unveiled his coveted orange blossom rose hip metheglin mead for the Judges as well as many thirsty patron. We are happy to report this recipe received best in show. Co-owner Richard Gummoe entered two mead categories and received a one Gold metal for his aged traditional style mead and one bronze in the Pyment category for his efforts.
Over all the awards break down for Nordic Moon Mead, Kevin West and Ricahrd Gummoe in the 2017 Charter Oak Mead Cup...
We feel the real skill of the beekeeper is in knowing how much the bees need, and how much can be taken. Some beekeepers will only take a modest amount of honey. Some beekeepers will also ensure they keep plenty of the bees' own honey in store during the winter, in case the bees need it. (It is important to note that bees should only fed honey from their own hive). This is to ensure viruses and disease do not spread between different bee colonies.
However, some beekeepers do remove all the honey from bees, and only provide sugar in return. Sugar is in no way as nutritious for the bees as honey is. However, it is worth remembering that these practices exist largely because of human demands that put pressure on beekeepers and bees to produce more, because people wish to buy if from the supermarket and many people wish to buy as cheaply as possible.
We at Nordic Moon Meadery choose to support local ethical beekeeping practices as we feel this is the best way to ensure the health of these pollinators as well as the quality of the of our meads we produce. With the time, energy and ethical practices that the bees, beekeepers and our master mead inject we feel that fair price needs to be paid to ensure only the highest standards within the industry are maintained.
The Buzz of spring is in the air and the crew at Nordic Moon are impatiently awaiting for spring to arrive. As they know with the disappearance of the snow the and the rise of the temperatures, the bees become a little more active. Those little critter are seeking to replenishes the honey supply for the fine meads made by Nordic Moon Meadery Ellington Connecticut.
The region's first Meadery, producing an ancient honey-based alcoholic drink popular in the Middle Ages, opens its doors in Connecticut.
Nordic Moon Meadery will open to the public in the spring, 2017, with honey tastings guided meadery tours, so the public can begin to learn about mead, which is made from fermented honey.
"We want to help people understand what mead is and to understand mead, you've got to understand honey," said Co-owner Rich Gummoe.