Cask & Vine’s What’s On Tap: Michael Fairbrother of Moonlight Meadery
A world class, craft winery from Londonderry New Hampshire specializing in meads: wines made from honey. The diversity of the offerings often leaves people speechless, while the flavors have them asking for it at their local stores. Stop by to find out why “History never tasted so good”™. Try the oldest fermented beverage, “Romance By the Glass”®. Distributed nationwide both here in the United States, and Australia.
It all started back in 1995, when Michael, our founder and head mead maker, tried a cyser (apple and honey mead) for the first time. Since that first sip Michael has developed a passion, and a masterful skill at making international award winning meads. Michael Fairbrother has started Moonlight Meadery®, with a mission to bring ultra premium meads to the market place. It is more than a product and it is more than a process, it’s our obsession.
Our meads will be unique, and unlike anything you have ever tried, you will find it incredible! We are going to embrace the unique nature of natural honey as minimally processed as possible.
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Bert’s Better Beers’ Draft Pick(s) of the Week:
Any of the avenging deities in Greek mythology who torment criminals and inflict plagues, that just about sums up the amount of heat that the Habanero, Ghost, and Trinidad Moruga Scorpion peppers contribute in making this one.
Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Mazer Cup International
2. 2010 Kisses
As delicate as a kiss, this honey strawberry wine is sweet. The strawberry is ever so lightly represented against the floral flavors from the honey. Chill this mead down for an enjoyable crisp mead that will pair well with a salad or an after dinner treat.
3. How Do You Like Them Apples™
A New England Hard Cider, made with the finest New Hampshire apples that were available to us, which we had fresh pressed into apple cider. This fresh cider was delivered the day it was pressed to our Meadery, where we blended it with just a touch of honey, and some brown sugar and let it ferment, then we let it age in freshly emptied Last Apple barrels, for a minimum of 6 months. This is a DRAFT only release, as the cider is carbonated. Why a cider? Because our mead maker is also one very accomplished cider maker. Once you try this barrel aged hard cider you will know why he choose its name.
4. How Do You Like Them Little Apples™
A hard Cider, made with the finest New Hampshire apples that were available to us, which we had fresh pressed into apple cider. This fresh cider was delivered the day it was pressed to our Meadery, where we blended it with just a touch of honey, and some brown sugar and let it ferment, then we let it age in freshly emptied rye whiskey barrels, for a minimum of 3 months. This is a DRAFT only release.
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Kettle to Keg’s In the Kettle: Talking about Meads – DO NOT boil the honey!
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