Partnership Expands Londonderry Mead Market to Maine

Mar 30, 2012 No Comments by

Michael Fairbrother stands outside his business, Moonlight Meadery, in Londonderry, NH.

Moonlight Meadery, a Londonderry-based company, is proud to announce its continued expansion in the New England region as it partners with Craft Beer Guild Distributing of Maine, LLC. The distributor is seeking to be the leading vendor of craft and specialty beer and wine in Maine.

“Maine is a natural extension to our territory, this is where I won my third straight Mead Maker of the Year award, at the New England Regional Homebrew Competition,” Moonlight Meadery founder Michael Fairbrother said. “Our partnership with Craft Beer Guild Distributing of Maine is a testament to the demand that we continue to see in our growing market.”

“Moonlight Meadery complements our portfolio of fine American craft & import beers by introducing the unique taste profiles of craft fermented mead. These premium products respond to the desires of the diverse consumers of Maine,” said Mike Vitale, Craft Development Strategist of Craft Beer Guild.

Born in Fairbrother’s garage in May 2010, Moonlight Meadery now has production capacity to produce over 200,000 bottles per year. This small business continues to grow from its humble beginnings, and expand their national footprint. Last year alone, Moonlight’s sales grew an astounding 760 percent. Moonlight Meadery now consists of five full time employees and a growing number of tasting associates.

Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry now ships to Maine!

The company produces over 54 different varieties of mead including traditional, melomel (mead with fruit), and metheglin (mead with spices); the sweetness ranges from dry to sweet. The company’s slogan, “Romance by the glass…” sweetens interest with romantic to jaded mead names like Desire, Blissful, Wild, Fury and Scorn. The thriving start-up is a true testament to entrepreneurial spirit and the driving passion of its founder, Mr. Fairbrother, who still oversees all mead production.

With this agreement, Moonlight Mead is now available in 6 states, and ships its meads directly to customers to 16 states.

In the Winter of 2012, Craft Beer Guild of Maine was established to meet the growing demand for world class beer throughout the great state of Maine. It is a L. Knife and Son Company.


About the author

Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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