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Mead for the masses: Meadery joins brewing businesses here


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Mike and Amber Lorey, owners of Waldmet Cellars, have 250 gallons of mead ready to sell and 400 gallons in different stages of fermentation for an Aug. 29 opening.

When we mentioned a feature on the new meadery, at least one person thought we meant butcher shop as in meat-ery. The husband and wife owners of Waldmet Cellars, 916 Old Philadelphia Rd., say they have gotten that too.

With two forthcoming microbreweries and wineries already here, Pickens joins a booming trend of communities with locally-produced beer and wine. But with Waldmet Cellars grand opening celebration August 29, from 1-8 p.m., Jasper joins a select number of towns where mead is produced. 

The husband and wife team of Mike and Amber Lorey recognize that among their first challenges is educating people that mead is a honey wine and is quite good, not syrupy and not all are sweet. Most of the people they encounter either are completely unfamiliar or say they have heard of it but never had the opportunity to try it.

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