The South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce was pleased to welcome new member Great Mead Hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 15th.
Owner David McCarty began experimenting with mead making in 1987. The hobby grew into a fascination with mead that has now grown into a business, Great Mead Hall.
McCarty says he learned a lot in his early experiments and eventually started making a product that his friends and family insisted he should sell. As McCarty neared retirement, the time was finally right to start the business, and in 2015, he purchased the building at 215 W. Monroe St. in Bangor that would eventually become home to the Great Mead Hall, which opened to the public in 2017.
Mead is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey, and often includes fruit. It is ancient technology with a modern following among craft beer lovers, wine connoisseurs and history buffs. The mead varieties produced by Great Mead Hall are all natural, made from local ingredients whenever possible, and each batch takes about a year to go from raw ingredients to bottling in carefully controlled conditions. They currently produce about 30 barrels per year, using approximately 3,500lbs of Michigan honey plus crates of apples, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, pears and other fruit to create unique mead varieties. There are currently 9 varieties available, with 2 more that will be released soon. In addition to purchasing directly from the Bangor location, you can find Great Mead Hall meads at retail locations throughout the region.
To learn more about Great Mead Hall, stop into 215 W. Monroe St. Bangor during open hours, Friday, Saturday or Sunday (see website for seasonal hours). Or you can check out their website at http://www.greatmeadhall.net/, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (269) 427-0827.