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Glenn and Sherri Lavender, the owners of the Silver Hand Meadery located at 224 Monticello Ave., hope this weekend’s grand opening ceremonies will be the bee’s knees.
The Silver Hand Meadery, which officially opened in November, is ready to unveil its first two original meads, “Virginia Moon” and “Dream By The Fire.”
To celebrate, Silver Hand Meadery will be participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony 4:30 p.m. Thursday with Williamsburg Vice Mayor Paul Freiling in attendance.
Additionally, Silver Hand Meadery will be offering free mead tastings and hourly guided honey tastings.
Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting sugars found in honey, with additional herbs, spices and fruits added to create unique flavors. The final product is 25 percent fermented honey and 75 percent water and yeast.
The flavor of honey is what gives a mead its distinct characteristics. A honey’s flavor can vary depending on the type of pollen and nectar bees are exposed to around the hive. Different pollens affect the levels and combinations of sugars and other organic elements that affect the final product.
Glenn Lavender began making his first mead in 2009, an at-home project that stemmed from his interest in honey bees and his love of history. With mead as one of the fastest-growing sectors of the alcoholic beverage industry in the U.S., Lavender decided to parlay his passion into a business venture.
“They’re springing up everywhere,” he said. “And it would be cool to have one in Williamsburg, since the first honeybees entered North America through Jamestown. It seems like a great place to start a meadery.”
The Silver Hand Meadery will be extending its hours for the grand opening celebrations and will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.