Blacksnake Meadery has been in operation since 2006 and is one of the oldest meaderies in Virginia. Steve, our meadmaker, has been a trendsetter in the industry, as Blacksnake Meadery was one of the first meaderies to offer a mead made with hops (Hoppy Bee Brew 2006) and a bochet-style mead in which the honey is caramelized (Meloluna 2008) . Blacksnake Meadery is also unique in that we offer many dry meads (as well as sweet). As beekeepers making some of our meads exclusively from our own honey, we are intimately involved with the meadmaking process from bee to bottle. All of our meads are made from Virginia Wildflower honey diluted with mountain well water at our farm in Carroll County.
Meloluna (2016 Best Mead, State Fair of Virginia; 2016 Gold Medal, State Fair of Virginia; 2016 Bronze Medal,Traditional Mead, Drink Outside the Grape; 2015 Bronze Medal, Sweet Traditional, The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition; 2011 Silver Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; 2010 Bronze Medal, Sweet Traditional, The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition):
A sweet mead with honey aromas and flavors accented with caramel. A great after dinner drink or as a complement to tropical fruits. Gluten-free. $14/375 mL.
Sweet Virginia (2018 & 2017 Best Mead, Virginia State Fair & 2016 Silver Medal, Traditional Mead, Drink Outside the Grape):
A semi-sweet traditional mead made from fresh Virginia honey. Prominent honey character punctuated by herbal flavors. Gluten-free. $21/750 mL.
Wildflower Honey Wine (2011 Bronze Medal, Dry Traditional, International Mead Festival):
This dry mead is special! ALL of the honey is from our own hives. No sulfites added. Flavors and aromas will vary with season. Gluten-free. $18/ 750 mL.
Our Sweet Virginia meets Red Rooster Coffee Roasters. Enticing blend of coffee and honey in both aroma and flavor. A great brunch accompaniment! Gluten-free. $21/750 mL.
Ginny Raz – Made from black raspberries, this almost-dry mead is full-bodied with aromas of berries and honey.
Ginny Raz is unfiltered, so you may discover some sediment or cloudiness in the bottle. Some like the flavor of the sediment and others do not. To avoid the sediment, let your mead settle and carefully pour it off of the sediment.
Gluten-free. Enjoy chilled. $21/750 mL.
Summer Lea (2017 Silver, Drink Outside the Grape Competition)
Traditional mead with a hint of sweetness. Made from honey produced by Blacksnake bees. Slight sweetness highlights floral aromas and flavors. Small batches, limited availability. Flavors will vary.
Gluten-free. $18/750 mL.
Bee Brews -
Light, dry meads, with slight effervescence from bottle conditioning. All are gluten-free. Enjoy chilled. $9.50/500 mL bottle.
Bee Brew- Virginia wildflower honey provides light floral and honey character. Click to order on VinoShipper.
Cherry Bee Brew - We add a small amount of tart cherry to our Bee Brew at bottling. Cherry notes pair perfectly with Virginia Wildflower honey. Click to order on VinoShipper.
Pineapple Bee Brew - We add a small amount of organic pineapple juice to our Bee Brew at bottling, which provides a hint of pineapple in both the aroma and finish. Click to order on VinoShipper.
Hoppy Bee Brew - We boil hops with some local honey, add just a touch more honey, and ferment it. The result is a dry, refreshing tonic with bitterness and aroma of a good bitter or pale ale - but different. Click to order on VinoShipper.
Lime Bee Brew - We dilute local wildflower honey and add fresh lime puree to produce a unique, tart, thirst-quenching libation. Great in the summer or to complement spicy foods such as Thai, Indian or Mexican. Click to order on VinoShipper.
Ginger Bee Brew - This spicy, refreshing mead combines Virginia-grown ginger, lime and Virginia Wildflower honey. Click to order on VinoShipper.
We limit our use of sulfites to those meads that require large amounts of raw fruits or finish with residual sugar, and we heat only when tradition or sanitation dictates, using a direct-fired kettle. Our Bee Brew products are unfiltered so you may discover some sediment or cloudiness in the bottle. Some like the flavor of the sediment and others do not. To avoid the sediment, let your mead settle and carefully pour it off of the sediment.