Mountain Dragon Mazery masters mead

Mountain Dragon Mazery is certainly one of the most exciting new producers of meads and other honey-based wines anywhere in the Southern Appalachian region.

Mountain Dragon Tulip Poplar Honey Mead
Mountain Dragon Tulip Poplar Honey Mead is a varietal mead made of honey from the blooms of the tulip poplar tree.

Located in Fairmont, West Virginia, Mountain Dragon Mazery makes a wide variety of meads, melomels and methyglyns, several of which are unique to the market. Some of their products harken back to the old days of mead making in the British Isles. In fact, the name Mazery is taken from an old English word for meadery. Continue reading “Mountain Dragon Mazery masters mead”

September farmers market and Bramwell Oktoberfest

Sept Farmers Market
September is a great month at the local farmers market. It’s the change out between summer and fall crops. You get some of both.

I love to visit a farmers market this time of year here in Southern Appalachia, but I also know that the summer garden season is coming to an end.

Apple harvest is in full swing and cider production is well underway. Local wineries and cideries are busy places now. It will likely be a few months though before we get to taste the magic of the 2014 vintage, especially for the red wines and hearty ciders that need a good bit of time in the barrel to mature. Continue reading “September farmers market and Bramwell Oktoberfest”

State of Origin Craft Brew Festival revisited

State of Origin Festival
The first annual State of Origin Craft Brew Festival was held June 14, 2014 in Morganton, NC.

Definitely one of my favorite beer events of the past year was the State of Origin Craft Brew Festival in Morganton, North Carolina. I’m all in when it comes to local ingredients in local beer, and that is where this festival excelled.

Put together by Todd Boera and others at local Fonta Flora Brewery, this festival was unique in that it brought together over 20 breweries, each bringing beers with North Carolina ingredients.  The following video gives you an 8-minute look at the 2014 festival held on June 14.

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Charleston Brewing does Anton Lutz tribute

Anton Lutz and Ryan HeastingsCharleston Brewing Company released a new IPA the other day that is a tribute to Bavarian hop breeder Anton Lutz. Lutz is best known for his development of the much sought after Mandarina Bavaria hop, which has a distinct honeydew melon aroma to go along with its strong tangerine and citrus. His hop varieties accentuate fruit in both taste and aroma but are softer and less piney-resiny than the popular West Coast IPA hop varieties. Continue reading “Charleston Brewing does Anton Lutz tribute”