Haw Honey is a craft honey fermented beverage producer! That's right, we take the honey from our hives in Saxapahaw and ferment this golden goodness with local fruits, fruit juices, or other ingredients to produce both natural meads and honey sodas.
Our focus is to produce low alcohol, refreshing and simple, naturally fermented meads.
Mead has a wide range of possible styles. We produce naturally fermented, low alcohol (4 to 7 percent ABV), single fruit, short / quick meads, which means it doesn't require any ageing, before we serve.
Mead is any wine that is fermented with honey and not with processed white sugar. Natural wine is a special category of wine that does not add yeast to the fermentation.
The wine can be with grapes, any other fruit, or no fruit. Just honey and water mead is called a Traditional style. Mead with any fruit is called Melomel.
Wine, beer, cider, and natural soda are all the product of yeast consuming sugar and converting sugar into alcohol and CO2. In our case, the sugar the yeast consumes is our raw wildflower honey or sugars from fruit or fruit juice.
And natural soda, in this case, is just a mead with very little honey and therefore less than 0.5% alcohol. Kind of like Kombucha.
|Peach Honey Soda, with Kalawi Farm Peaches||Love Every Berry, Mixed Berry Melomel||Elderflower Natural Honey Soda|
We produce our mead in batches between 50 and 100 gallons each and take about 4 to 6 weeks to complete. Some meads, like out pyment are aged for 6 to 12 months. We sell these by the glass or as a growler fill on the tap. Bottled meads are coming as we get those labels designed.
The mead making process is a labor of love, with lots of help from friends and farmers. The winery is defined as a nano-scale or limited production. We produce less than 2,000 gallons or 1000 cases of wine per year inside of this converted enclosed trailer shown in the apple processing photo above.