W A Meadwerks – In the Need for Mead | The mead must flow! Help us build our tap room and mead community on Long Island’s south shore.
What is W A Meadwerks? It is a collaboration of two guys who love craft beverages. Joe and Roger have a passion and drive to bring mead to Long Island on a level shared by craft beer and other artisanal drinks.
Together, Joe and Roger bring years of hospitality and production experience to the meadery. Joe has spent 18 years in restaurants and craft beer bars, giving insight to what drives clientele to craft beverages. Roger brings over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and operations management to the team, ensuring that our mead will be the best time after time.
What is mead? It is said to be the oldest fermented beverage dating back to 1100 BC. It’s a beverage created from the fermentable sugar in honey and often it is called the “Wild West” of the alcohol industry. Mead is often made with fruits, herbs, spices, and other flavors. What is most amazing about mead is the myriad of flavors that can be created. One is only limited by their own imagination. What is also remarkable is that mead is gluten free, making it a product with universal appeal!
Our goal is to build a tasting room where you can enjoy our mead, promote community, conversation and camaraderie. We hope to provide meads made with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. We will also be upgrading some of our production equipment to ensure we consistently create world class, small batch artisanal meads We are reaching out to you, our friends and family, to help us share our passion.
What We Need & What You Get
At present, we have the drive and determination to make this vision a reality. We have secured a space, we have equipment, and we have some very fine ingredients. The process of building a Meadery requires numerous permits and applications. These can take time to obtain, idle time that costs money. The monies raised during this campaign will be used to build the tasting room and make the necessary upgrades to the space so we can produce the highest quality meads. This won’t be an easy road but we’re committed to seeing it through!
So what do you get? We’ve set up a number of options to choose from to suit any budget.
The most basic option includes a personal thank you, awesome stickers and a set of custom coasters. The highest option is a premium experience, which entitles you to a lifetime membership to our mead club, and we’ll make a mead together
Risks & Challenges
As we mentioned previously, this process will take a while. We fully recognize that it may be the summer of 2018 before our meads are available. Obtaining the necessary permits and licenses is time consuming. We’ve been working diligently with our architect and Village officials to make this dream become a reality. We have set up strategic suppliers to ensure we have the highest quality ingredients possible. All of these steps must be completed before a single ounce of honey becomes an amazing mead.
The list is daunting. With this in mind, we’ve partnered with some industry insiders who have opened their meaderies and wineries and they’ve been generous enough to offer their assistance. The mead community is a small one, but a supportive one!
Other Ways You Can Help
We recognize that some people can’t contribute financially, but there are other ways you can help. Share this campaign with your friends, family or anyone you know that might be interested! Share our campaign link on your social media sites! Any and all help is sincerely appreciated.
Membership to the Mead Club Includes:
The W A Meadwerks Club membership is very special. It affords members four(4) bottles per quarter (Meadery pickup or shipping can be arranged) that have been selected by Joe and Roger. Some releases will be made available to club members before we release to the general public. In addition to the shipments, members can enjoy the benefits listed below:
- Early notice and first right to purchase limited, special release bottles, including taproom only releases. This means no standing in line, and if you are out of state, there will be a shipping option.
- 10% off taproom purchases including drinks and bottles.
- 15% off select merchandise
- 10% off of bottles online(estimated launch Fall of 2018)
- BYOB share events at the Meadery
- Large bottle format releases
- First to know about special events and offers
Club membership shipments are expected to start October 2018
Due to the timing of the crowdfunding and other start up legalities, we feel it is best to start our member benefit when the mead has had time to age and we’ve had time to share some experimental batches.
You must be at least 21 years of age in order to be a member of the Mead Club. In order to extend membership beyond the selected perk level, contact W A Meadwerks when the membership certificate is received. Standard membership fee will apply for extended quarters. Membership can be cancelled at any time.