Bos Meadery brings honey wine to Madison


Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

I haven’t had a chance yet to post about Bos Meadery, a new Madison-based business from Colleen Bos. The company got off the ground with a Kickstarter campaign and recently held a launch party for supporters, fans, and the community. Having only recently learned about the meadery, we attended the party as a member of the latter camp.

Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Like many other fermented beverages and spirits, mead (AKA honey wine) seems to be something of an acquired taste. J and I tried all four varieties that were available at the High Noon Saloon; our favorite was the Pomegranate Pyment. Like Kyle Nabilcy, who reported on the event for Isthmus, it was the first one we sampled. As he describes,

The Pomegranate Pyment, one of two Bos products on tap at the High Noon for the party, was my first taste. “Lightly carbonated” is right; frankly, I didn’t notice it — it might have been whooshed away in the tap line. The acidic punch of pomegranate hit hard right away, though, with mellower honey and grape sweetness coming out at the end of the sip.

This one was definitely the most wine-like. The others had funkier tastes, often including a medicinal quality that, to my virgin palate, wasn’t appealing. But, the place was packed, and business is reportedly booming. We took the short stroll down the street to their production facility with an informative bee-costumed tour guide.

If you’re looking to try something new, you can pick up a bottle at various outlets around town (priced at $13.99 at Woodman’s) and at some bars and restaurants as well.

For more, check out the audio from this nice segment with Colleen Bos on Larry Meiller’s show on Wisconsin Public Radio, which is how I learned about the meadery and the kick-off event.


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