It takes a lot of time and honey to make mead.
For Diane Currier, that means about 90 days and up to 900 pounds of the sweet stuff to get a batch of the alcoholic beverage just right.
And the wait for it is almost over.
On Oct. 24, Currier, a longtime homebrewer and former software technology office manager, is opening Honeygirl Meadery, a tasting room and production facility near downtown Durham.
“It’s a lot like a winery, but very urban,” Currier said.
Honeygirl will offer the beverages, which Currier makes, along with tours and a space for patrons to have a drink or two.
The place will open with three types of meads – strawberry, blueberry and hibiscus lemon thyme – but will eventually offer eight.
The meads will rotate, and include seasonal flavors, including fig, apple cider and vanilla. In the spring, she expects to release orange blossom, which takes about nine months to age and is made from orange blossom honey.
“I like to age that one,” Currier said of the orange blossom. “The others are very drinkable at a 90 day state, but that particular one I like to develop a little bit longer.”
Currier’s fruits come from local farms, and the honey comes from around the country.
“We need a lot of honey,” Currier said. “We are putting in around three pounds per gallon (of mead), and we have a 300 gallon batch going right now.”
Currier said her goal is to start selling her products at bottle shops and retailers, including Sam’s Bottle Shop in Durham. Bottles, which are 750 milliliter, will range from $16 to $24.
The meadery is about 1,500 square feet – 1,250 of which is for production – and has space for up to 12 people inside and picnic benches outside. About 49 can be on a tour.
Honeygirl will open at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 with “mead, music and mingling.” The evening includes performances by Scott Boggs and the Blue Tailed Skinks.
Honeygirl is at 105 Hood St., Unit 6, near Golden Belt and the American Tobacco campus.
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