Mead: The Ale of Wine
combines honey & cherries
By Danielle Horvath 8/24/09
Mead -- made from local honey and cherries and formulated with green tea, hops and spices -- is making its debut at several area establishments. Hand-crafted in Lake Ann, it is like a wine cooler, but not as sweet or artificial tasting, and packs more punch.
Bruce Grossman, Acoustic Brewing Company owner, musician and zymurgist (one who takes care of fermentation), landed on the product after years of brewing beer and decided to experiment with mead, or honey-wine. Grossman began with small batches over the past several years. He has a small circle of friends and family that tried it and understood what he was going for.
The end result is Acoustic Cherry Draft Mead, a honey-cherry wine that is fermented and flavored with natural fruit and spices, carbonated and served chilled. I wanted something quaffable like a beer but made out of wine. Its the closest I could come to making beer under a wine license. I call it the ale of wine.
Grossman originally was going to pursue opening a small microbrewery but along the way saw the advantage of a wine makers license as opposed to a brewery. He purchased brewing equipment a few years ago and went about converting his garage into a home-based business.