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Episode 189 – Phila Mead Co. – Steve and Rich Kassabian

This episode features Steve Kassabian and Rich Kassabian of Phila Mead Co. Steve has been a home brewing hobbies for about 10 years.. He and his brother Rich always wanted to do something together. Rich brings his business education and experience to the partnership. Looking at the landscape they determined that mead was best to focus on. They saw that the mead industry was underserved and they felt that there was huge upside to make a mark with the consumer. All of their expressions are bold in flavor and have a wonderful wine adjacent drinking experience. They bring their passion, energy and creativity to the mead world. 3000 W Lincoln Hwy, Parkesburg, PA 19365 (267) 909-0021 – www.PhilaMeadCo.com – Instagram Be sure to support our sponsor ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Brewscuits⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and use the code fa2024 at checkout for 15% off your entire order.

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⁠Los Angeles International Wine Competition ⁠

 ⁠Nektar⁠ 

⁠Dutch Gold Honey⁠ 

⁠Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild⁠

 ⁠Wine Condoms⁠ 

⁠Jacob Dombroski⁠ 

Scott Labs⁠ 

⁠Free Will Brewing Co.⁠

Cantillon Brewery⁠ 

Scotts Mini Woodshop⁠ 

Mother Compost⁠

Episode 114 – Mead Maker Allen Martin

This episode features Mead Maker Allen Martin.

About five years ago Allen went to a beer bottle share with his wife.  He met Carver Wilson who Allen considers to be “The Home Mead Making Extraordinaire”.  Up until that time Allen had never tried mead.  After twenty minutes of enjoying the mead, Alan proclaimed, “that he was going to start making this stuff”.  That began a rabbit hole journey into mead making.  Since then he has honed his craft and has been awarded the coveted title of Mead maker of the Year.

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Golden Monkey

Modern Mead Makers

Mazer Cup

Crockett Honey Company

Meadcon 2022

American Mead Makers Association

Obscurity Mead Hall and Cidery

Episode 110 – Obscurity Mead Hall and Cidery – Luke Goucher and Carson Souza

This episode features Luke Goucher and Carson Souza of Obscurity Mead Hall & Cidery.

Obscurity started with friends getting together and having a passion for beer.  Carson had already been in the brewing industry for 10 years as a commercial brewer at a vegan brewery.  Luke and Carson decided to get a little wild and play with mead as well.  A adventure was born in the cornfields of the far west suburbs of Chicago.  Mead was a challenge for Carson so he jumped right in.  Luke and Carson flew around the country to check out some of the best mead makers and learn from their successes.  This episode is a master class on brewing, fermenting and business.  Obscurity is creating many tremendous expressions.  Enjoy as we sample through their story.

21 S Main St, Elburn, IL 60119 – 630-320-2255 – www.drinkobscurity.com – Facebook

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Meadcon 2022

Braggot

Viking Braggot Company

Rabbits Foot Meadery

B. Nektar Meadery

National Honey Board

Charm City Meadworks

Episode 89 – Mead Drinkr Tysen

This episode features Mead Drinkr Tysen.

We met Tysen at Cidercon 2022.  Tysen and his brother-in-law Alan wanted to do something different.  They decided to make mead instead of brewing beer.  The passion is all about mead making and wanting to do it better.  He loves going on road trips and visiting meaderies and of course, drinking mead.  Tysen made his first mead in November of 2013.  He enjoys learning from other people doing it and the science behind it.  He’s a mead advocator and a fermentation educator.  Enjoy this fascinating episode that discusses all things mead.   

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Joe’s Agent Orange Mead

Tej

Cidercon

Caledonia Spirits

Mazer Cup

American Mead Makers Association

Monks Meadery

Aquafaba

Black Heath Meadery

Southern California Mead Club

Honey & Hops Brew Works

Funktastic Meads

Liquid Alchemy

St. Vrain Cidery

Tiffanie Barriere

Sugarbelt Mead Festival 2022

Manic Meadery

Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

Meadmaker.com

Meadcast

Episode 87 – Beach Bee Meadery – Curtis Blodgett

This episode features Curtis Blodgett of Beach Bee Meadery.

Curtis began his journey by considering opening a distillery.  He and his wife Madeleine met with distillers to understand the process and what was needed to get started.  They completed a meeting with a rum distiller and to decided to visit a meadery that was close by.  They never had mead and they were totally blown away.  Curtis was familiar with making wine and brewing beer, but he wasn’t familiar with mead.  He looked at Madeleine and said, “this is what I want to do”.  The whole experience was life changing.  We got to talk mead, cider, yeast, barrels and so much more.  

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589 Long Branch Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740 – (732) 403-3558 – www.beachbeemeadery.com –Facebook

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Melovino Meadery

Long Branch Distillery

Long Branch, NJ

Green Bench Brewing Co

Cidercon

Black Heath Meadery

Buskey Cider

The Veil Brewing Company

Armageddon Brewing Company

Mermaid Spirits

Caledonia Spirits

Texas Mead Cup

The Mazer Cup

Meadcon

Dutch Gold Honey

Cidercraft Magazine

Episode 78 – Duck Butts Meadery – Carmel and Jonathan Senatz

This episode features Carmel and Jonathan Senatz of Duck Butts Meadery.

It started like many other passions… with a home brew beer kit.  Which remained in the box, in the basement, for over 6 years.  Jonathan observed that the idea of home brewing beer presented as being very complicated.  This didn’t appeal to him.  He and Carmel became inspired by a visit to Savannah Bee Company.  From there they began to dream about making mead.  The equipment in the kit would be perfect for what they needed to get started.  Covid provided an opportunity to begin experimenting.  Forced to stay home, they took the time to make their own mead.  They set off on their “maiden voyage”.  We discuss where they are now with their hobby and passion.  We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this fledgling meadery.  

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Pickering Valley Feed & Farm Store

Les Brown

Savannah Bee Company

Exton Bee Company

Dressler Estate

Olde Bedford Brewing Company

Caledonia Spirits

BJ’s Wholesale Club

Swarmbustin Honey

Hale & True Cidery

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Keystone Homebrew

Wegman’s

Jersey Spirits Distillery

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