Mead Wines Come to the Main Line April 20th

By AML Publisher
Photos by Belle Vie Photography

Stonekeep Meadery’s Black Currant Melomel can be used as a marinade and also pairs well with pork chops and red meat.

Stonekeep Meadery’s Black Currant Melomel can be used as a marinade and also pairs well with pork chops and red meat.

Teresa’s Next Door, Wayne’s popular Belgium bar, will play host to Stonekeep Meadery on Tuesday April 20th for a special night of food and wine pairings with Stonekeep’s Mead Wines. The event is sponsored by AroundMainLine.com! Join locales in tasting and learning about the rich history behind mead wines—also known as honey wines. Tasty Tuesday at Teresa’s is a popular night that always promises intriguing wine and beer pairings with fantastic cuisine prepared by the talented staff of Teresa’s Next Door.

Stonekeep Meadery is Pennsylvania’s first and only meadery. Their hand crafted meads (honey wines) are created only from fresh fruits and juices and raw honey from Pennsylvania. In addition to Teresa’s Next Door, Sly Fox Brew Pub in Phoenixville serves Stonekeep’s wines. Stonekeep, with a tasting room at Frecon Farms in Boyertown, produces a variety of hand crafted meads, metheglyns and melomels that range from dry to sweet, so there is something to please any wine drinker.

The earliest archaeological evidence for the production of mead dates to around 7000 B.C.

The earliest archaeological evidence for the production of mead dates to around 7000 B.C.

Mead is likely the oldest alcoholic beverage simply because it occurs easily in nature. The earliest archaeological evidence for the production of mead dates to around 7000 B.C. There are references to mead in many ancient texts and throughout history many civilizations involved mead in both their religious ceremonies and everyday life. “There are several medieval recipes for mead wine that can be found in European transcripts dating back hundreds of years. There are many manuscripts with these recipes dating back from the 10th century and on that can be found on museum websites. As far as honey, when they found King Tut’s tomb, the honey in his tomb was still edible,” explained Stonekeep’s Marc Johnson.

Four selections of Stonekeep’s Mead Wines

Wayne’s popular Belgium beer bar, Teresa’s Next Door (TND), will be pairing Stonekeep’s mead wines with their fine cuisine for Tasty Tuesday on Tuesday April 20th. The event is sponsored by AroundMainLine.com.

Wayne’s popular Belgium beer bar, Teresa’s Next Door (TND), will be pairing Stonekeep’s mead wines with their fine cuisine for Tasty Tuesday on Tuesday April 20th. The event is sponsored by AroundMainLine.com.

Blueberry Melomel $13.00

Semi-sweet mead with the right balance of blueberry and honey, the Blueberry Melomel is made with raw wildflower honey and fresh fruit from Pennsylvania farms.“The first sip of this mead really catches people by surprise and then the second sip you can understand what this wine is really about,” explained Stonekeep owner Sheree Krasley. Krasley has a background in graphic design and created the label and logo for Stonekeep’s bottles. Krasley and Johnson connected as business partners at a Renaissance fair and the period castle represents the history of the wine-considered by many the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage.

Black Currant Melomel $13.00

A bold and dry mead wine ideal for red wine lovers, Stonekeep’s Black Current Melomel pairs perfectly with red meat, pork medallions and chicken. “Black currants are such a tart fruit and Americans are not very accustomed to incorporating currants in food and wine. It’s very popular in European cuisine,” explained Johnson.

Hibiscus Metheglyn $15.00

Exotic and distinctive with the citrus-like taste of hibiscus flowers, Sherri suggests pairing this with lighter meals. “It’s light, smooth and interesting. Tea companies use hibiscus as an ingredient frequently, it presents a wonderful flavor,” said Krasley.

Traditional Honey Mead $13.00

“This is mead in its purest form. Just about every ancient civilization has made and kept mead wine-from the Russians to the Chinese to South Africans to the Egyptians and Vikings,” enthused Johnson. The traditional mead pairs well with fish, Thai cuisine and spicier faire. It is also ideal with a cheese and fruit platter and for dessert with cheesecake.

Tasty Tuesday at Teresa’s Next Door Tuesday April 20th
Featuring Mead Wines from Boyertown’s Stonekeep Meadery
Sponsored by AroundMainLine.com

When: Tuesday, April 20th, 4-10 p.m.

Where: Teresa’s Next Door (www.teresas-cafe.com), North Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA, (Next door to Bravo Pizza with the maroon awning)

Website: www.stonekeepmeadery.com

Details: Teresa’s Next Door will be pairing up their faire with mead wines from Stonekeep Meadery.

Facebook: RSVP on AroundMainLine.com’s Facebook Fan Page. Teresa’s Next Door does not take reservations, please RSVP so Teresa’s management to plan accordingly.

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