Crafted Artisan Meadery, a new meadery in rural Portage County in northeast Ohio, opens to the public Saturday. The business will have a tasting room and bottles for sale. The hours will be limited at first: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays.
"Everything turned out great," owner Kent Waldeck said. "It turned out better than we could have hoped for in terms of quality and taste."
So what is mead? "It's wine fermented from honey instead of grapes," he said. "That's the shortest and most condensed form."
But he also noted that there's plenty of creativity involved. He pointed to his Blue Honey Melomel, which is made with farm-raised Great Lakes blueberries, as an example.