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April 17, 2014

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Moonlight Meadery wins three medals

LONDONDERRY — Moonlight Meadery earned two gold and one silver medal for their artisanal crafted meads at The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition recently.

The world’s largest mead competition has entrants of both home-brew and commercial meads from all over the world, some as far away as Malaysia. The Mazer Cup is the equivalent for mead as Great American Beer Festival is for beer. Moonlight meads are distributed nationally and in Australia.

“This is our third consecutive year at winning medals at the Mazer Cup, I am thrilled and honored to be given such international recognition for our meads,” said Michael Fairbrother, founder and mead maker of Moonlight Meadery. “Our distribution has grown, we are now distributed in 30 states, here in the United States, and nationally in Australia, it’s still the same hand crafted meads we started with in my garage.”

Moonlight Meadery won gold for their top seller Kurt’s Apple Pie, honey, apple and spice; Gold for Wicked, honey, vanilla, cinnamon spice; and Silver for Fling, honey strawberry rhubarb meads. A mead is an alcoholic beverage where at least 51 percent of the fermentable sugar comes from honey. A diverse beverage that can be produced in several variations. Mead is considered the ancestor of fermented beverages predating wine and beer by thousands of years.

“Craft beverage drinkers have developed a broader, educated palette and demand variety. Mead offers another level of complexity to the craft beverage consumer. Moonlight Meadery has taken a legendary craft, refined it and mainstreamed it,” Fairbrother said. “That’s the reason for our success.”

American Mead Makers Association the number of commercial meaderies has grown by 300 percent over the last few years. For more information, visit moonlightmeadery.com. Moonlight Meadery offers tours and tastings seven days per week.

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