Saturday, November 24, 2012

Small Business Saturday at Sap House Meadery

One of our favorite small businesses we enjoy visiting while vacationing in the White Mountains is the Sap House Meadery.  We decided to make this our must-do stop for Small Business Saturday after Thanksgiving.

We were greeted by Ash and Matt, Sap House owners, and sat down to enjoy a tasting of their meads . . . including their season offering Cranberry Sage.

We had a nice conversation about how they make their meads, their bottling process and the future of their ever growing business.

They are currently operating in a small store the encompasses their production area, a wall of shelves filled with their retail offerings and the tasting bar.

Today's tasting . . . we have one every time we visit . . . was Vanilla Bean, Hopped Blueberry, Sugar Maple,  Ossipioja and Cranberry Sage.  They pour the samples into etched wine glasses and the mead is served room temperature.

The Vanilla Bean is amazing.  It has a light mouth feel with an intense vanilla flavor.  It's truly remarkable how much vanilla you can taste . . . delicious and intoxicating (18% ABV)

The Hopped Blueberry may be my favorite.  It's not as sweet and a little dryer.  I'm a hophead so I appreciate the hint of hops that co-mingles with the fresh blueberry taste (14.6% ABV).

The Sugar Maple is sweet and rich.  Delicious and loaded with yummy local maple.  It's smooth going down and finishes clean (13.8%).

Ossipioja is made with rioja wine grapes and is an excellent segue for the wine drinker to transition to enjoying mead.  Luxurious and kind of sexy (14.2%).

Cranberry Sage . . . wow!  This mead has a light mouth feel and wonderful cranberry flavor accented by a touch of sage.  Get this while you can and stock it up for your next Thanksgiving dinner as mead ages well.

Look for Sap House meads in a store near you . . . or order online from their website.

Thank you Ash and Matt for making our visit so fun and educational.

Learn more about Sap House Meadery by visiting their website and keep up to date with Sap House happenings by liking them on Facebook.

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