Space Time Mead & Cider Works opened in June 2018. The meadery is the culmination of work and opportunity of local resident, Dan Schreffler. A homebrewer and winemaker by hobby, for years, Dan has been involved with the local American Wine Society (AWS) chapter and has entered both their national amateur and commercial competitions. The AWS is the nation's oldest and largest organization of wine consumers and a 501c3 educational organization.
For those of you unfamiliar, mead is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages. Sometimes referred to as “honey wine,” it was the drink of both kings and poets, Vikings and ancient Greeks. And up until the 19th century, was made at home, as beer was, until replaced by cheaper and mass-produced alcoholic beverages. “Mead is just as versatile as wine, and as inventive as craft beers.”, says Dan, “I’m proud of creating some world class beverages right here in Dunmore.”
When we think of wine, we picture that glass of alcoholic beverage made from grapes. However, grape wine is only one type of wine. In the United States, wine is defined as having more than between 7% and 24% alc./vol. Wine is made from grapes and other agricultural products.
Here is a quick, simple summary:
• Cider is made from the fermented juice of apples (apple wine) or pears (perry, pear wine). Hard cider refers to the nonalcoholic cider fermented into alcohol.
• Grape Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from grapes
• Mead, or honey wine, is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey
This is just the start as you can have fruit wine (blueberry, raspberry, peach, etc.), maple wine, rhubarb wine, etc. So when you hear the word wine, remember there is more than just the grape.