, Derry, New Hampshire

February 21, 2013


Derry News

---- — Moonlight Meadery

has NYC distribution

LONDONDERRY - A new moon is rising in the Big Apple. Moonlight Meadery LLC and brand agent St. Killian announced Union Beer as distributing agent in New York, effective as of Dec. 20.

“Our meads are a perfect fit for the Big Apple,” said Michael Fairbrother, founder and mead-maker. “Kurt’s Apple Pie will blow adult beverage consumers away with the complexity of apple cider, Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and Vietnamese Cinnamon. Some people will think, Apple Pie as a wine? Try it … you’ll love it!”

Fairbrother oversees all production and leads the success of this small business with his entrepreneurial spirit and driving passion to bring creative, bold and unique high quality meads to the mainstream market.

Excitement surrounding the rediscovery of mankind’s oldest fermented beverage is a major comeback for this long lost category of fermented beverages. The company’s slogan, “Romance by the glass …” connects the theory of the origins of the term “honeymoon,” said to come from the tradition of giving a married couple enough mead to last through the first moon cycle of marriage to promote happiness and fertility.

The company sweetens interest with romantic product names like Desire, Stiletto, and Wild with a touch of humor for a spicy series named Scorn and Fury.

Moonlight Meadery started commercial production in May 2010. Michael Fairbrother realized a vision to bring creative meads to the adult beverage industry with its increasing appetite for fine flavor profiles, by introducing a broad selection of choice meads from dry to dessert style.

Current capacity is 400,000 bottles per year, distributed nationwide from their 4,000-square-foot facility in Londonderry, offering tours and tastings daily.

Goodwill offers

women job skills

PORTLAND, Maine — Additional help is on the way for women in the area who are having difficulty advancing their careers. Goodwill Industries of Northern New England is one of 45 Goodwill agencies across the country to take part in an innovative program that provides job training and placement services to women.

The program, known as Beyond Jobs and funded through a $7.7 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, will now create a larger impact by reaching more women who are unemployed or underemployed. This new funding will help broaden the reach of a program that was started in 2010 in five U.S. markets serving 1,342 women, to serving an expected 12,250 women in 45 communities.

“We are very excited to be able to further assist the working women of our area,” said Bethany Campbell, workforce solutions director at Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. “Each woman in the program will receive a complete career assessment including job training, placement services and additional support to help them achieve economic security and advance in their careers.”

Beyond Jobs leverages Goodwill’s holistic approach to job training, placement and family financial support services. Over the 30-month grant period, Goodwill will work with women to provide them with the tools they need to achieve their educational, career and financial goals.

Once participants are placed in jobs, they receive support to retain them, to further their education, and to advance in careers within their chosen industries.

Long-term unemployment among women remains a problem, both locally and nationwide. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 26 percent of the women who lost their jobs during the recession have regained them.

Among the tools provided by the Beyond Jobs program are continued financial education, family strengthening services, connections to early education and child care assistance, and connections to healthy food and nutrition initiatives.

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