Moonlight Meadery just shipped its first order of mead to Australia. “It’s hard to imagine how pleased we are to get orders from Australia”, says Michael Fairbrother, founder and mead maker at Moonlight Meadery, “I started this business 2 years ago in my garage with the desire to bring my unique meads to the world. Not in my wildest dreams did I think we would be the first winery in NH to ship products to Australia.”
Moonlight Meadery, based in Londonderry NH, has been growing at an astonishing rate; last year they grew by 760% from 2010, and first quarter sales for this year were up another 270% from the same time frame last year. Production capacity has increased to over 200,000 bottles per year, with current distribution to 6 states with rumors of a pending nationwide distribution deal being hinted at.
Mead is considered the oldest fermented beverage, dating back thousands of years, predating wine made with grapes as well as beer.
Moonlight Meadery creates over 56 different varieties of mead, including traditional, melomel (mead with fruit), cyser (apple mead), and metheglins (mead with spices); they range in sweetness from dry, to sweet. They offer free tours seven days a week at their Londonderry production facility.
Come see how mead is made, and try a few samples; it makes a great excursion. The meadery often has over 30 varieties of meads available at their retail showroom. For more information, visit their website or stop by their location at 23 Londonderry Road #17.