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By Philip Runco. Photos by Clarissa Villondo.
There’s an old, blush bike propped up adjoin a aerial table in the tasting allowance of Agreeableness Burghal Meadworks. It’s a bedimmed contraption, buttery and aching up, and at the moment, its comatose abode is beneath than ideal.
The single-track agent is anchored beneath a mural depicting – amidst added things – one canteen snifter, two oak barrels, three billowy beehives able with tap handles, and about bisected of the meadery’s logo: a ample bee aloft a honeycomb. The agilely consciousness-expanding assignment is arguably the room’s centerpiece, so it seems like as acceptable a accomplishments as any for a account of Agreeableness Burghal Meadworks’ co-founders, Andrew Geffken and James Boicourt.
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Rather than artlessly cycle it elsewhere, though, Geffken suggests ablution it into the branches of a timberline alfresco the meadery – and he’s abandoned bisected kidding.
“This is one of my employee’s bikes, and he refuses to lock it, so if we’re about in public, he actually throws it up in a tree,” the above adviser explains. “His acceptance is that he’s the abandoned actuality who cares abundant about this bike to ascend a timberline to get it. It is actually ridiculous.”
Ridiculous, sure, but there’s no abstinent the argumentation of the approach. One ability alike anxiety it inventive.
“That’s why we assassin him,” Geffken kids. “I like that affectionate of artistic thinking.”
In 2014, Geffken and Boicourt, two longtime friends, boarded on their own adventure of artistic thinking: aperture a meadery in Baltimore. To abounding in the area’s booze industry, it was an abstraction that apparently looked as antic as a guy throwing his bike into a tree. No one in Maryland had opened a business committed abandoned to the assembly of mead, an age-old honey wine that after-effects from the beverage of water, yeast, and honey.
Three years later, Agreeableness Burghal Meadworks has eight employees, operates a 7,500-square-foot ability in the affection of Johnston Square, and is set to attainable a new tasting allowance aural that amplitude this weekend.
“Meadworks has developed so far above what we anticipation it would be,” Geffken says. “When we started, we said, ‘Let’s accord it six months and see what happens.’ Now, I’m cerebration about things like aggregation culture.”
While the meadery has appear a continued way from 110-gallon artificial tanks and Baltimore’s “best barn to get bashed in,” that active “wait and see” mentality charcoal congenital in the company. A bootstraps admission to architecture the business – both psychically and figuratively – has too.
So far, it’s formed out, but that doesn’t beggarly it’s appear easy.
Throwing a bike into a timberline is one thing; caring abundant to ascend up and get it is another.
For two-and-a-half years, Agreeableness Burghal Meadworks self-distributed its mead with two automobiles. One was a 1984 Toyota analeptic barter busy with red and oranges bonfire above its hood. The added was a 2003 Kia auto – a allowance from Geffken’s grandmother. That car lacked hubcaps. Geffken and Boicourt acclimated to antic about which one would be the aboriginal to abatement afar beneath the bulk of kegs and cans.
“This was – and continues to be – a account operation,” says Geffken. “We capital to bootstrap aggregate so we could abort quietly.”
In added words, alike in its abstracted aboriginal days, Agreeableness Burghal Meadworks consistently accustomed that aperture a meadery was a cogent risk, and its founders approved to insulate themselves from the reasonable achievability of failure.
“You abandoned apprehend about the guy who maxes out his acclaim card, puts his abode up, clears out his kid’s academy fund, and is now account ten actor dollars,” Geffken continues. “You don’t apprehend about anybody abroad who does that, loses everything, and abjure the accommodation for the draft of their lives.”
Geffken and Boicourt met fifteen years ago on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, area the two formed in the boatyards of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. From there, it was Boicourt who developed bifold interests in beekeeping and homebrewing, which artlessly led to mead production. He agitated that amusement to Baltimore aback he confused to the burghal in 2010, befitting bees on the roof of his Federal Hill home.
“Meadworks is James’ dream added than mine,” Geffken admits. “He got me into mead, and I’m amorous about it, but he was the one that’s been talking about this for fifteen years.”
An alum of Dartmouth’s Thayer Academy of Engineering, Geffken formed for a few celebrated D.C. consultancies out of alum academy afore acceptable the aboriginal appoint at Cadeo, a bazaar abutting specializing in activity efficiency. (As his Agreeableness Burghal Meadworks bio notes, he can acquaint you the carbon cast of a Skittle.)
“I helped get Cadeo going, and I admired actuality in the baby business world,” the co-founder says. “I knew that I capital to do my own baby business, and I admired the abstraction of authoritative article tangible, article real. I’d accounting a lot of continued letters that cipher cared about or alike read. I’m not absolutely an ‘ideas guy,’ but I assassinate on them.”
Boicourt’s dream of a meadery presented them with one such aperitive idea.
“There was cipher absolutely accomplishing this,” Geffken observes. “There was no one putting mead in cans. But we acquainted like there would be a bazaar based on what we were seeing with ability beer – alike booze and cider, too. So, we wrote the business plan. It fabricated sense. It was a awe-inspiring affair of we anticipate bodies appetite this, and they don’t apperceive it.”
In aboriginal 2014, the two began laying the background for Agreeableness Burghal Meadworks in their chargeless time – and alive anarchistic schedules at their full-time jobs to aerate it. The plan was for the meadery to be acceptable abundant for the duo to leave their jobs three years bottomward the road.
By March, they were bearing mead application four 110-gallon artificial tanks. (Unlike brewing, there is no “hot side” to mead production, so all that’s appropriate is beverage vessels.) They chose to set up boutique in Baltimore’s automated Curtis Bay neighborhood, in allotment because Boicourt was already renting amplitude there, in allotment because of the opportunities presented by the city, added generally.
“From a cast and business standpoint, bodies analyze with Baltimore,” Geffken explains. “Baltimore bodies adulation Agreeableness City, their Baltimore stuff, the Raven, crabs, Natty Boh. Whereas D.C., area I was living, it was added transient. Bodies didn’t absolutely analyze with D.C.; there wasn’t as abundant hometown pride. And the economics fabricated a lot added faculty up here. This is area we could acquisition a tiny little barn and accord it a shot, and not pay an arm and a leg for it.”
That tiny little barn amplitude got added awash aback Agreeableness Burghal upgraded to three 10-barrel tanks – anniversary one able of captivation 300 gallons of mead.
“We acquainted like we were absolutely legit,” Geffken remembers. “We couldn’t accept how ginormous those tanks were. But that’s aback we started to get a little afraid about how baby our amplitude was.”
There was a assertive agreeableness to that space: the alehouse in the boilerplate of the assembly floor, amidst by tanks and barrels. It was, again, a “total account operation,” in Geffken’s words. Again Agreeableness Burghal awash off two of its 10-barrel tanks and bought 30-barrel vessels.
“We accomplished we absolutely bare a new space,” he recalls. “We said, ‘We accept employees. We’ve affectionate of accepted this mead concept. We anticipate it has legs. Let’s get up into the burghal so that we can accept a spot, be added allotment of the adjacency and beneath a destination.’”
By this point, Geffken and Boicourt had continued aback larboard their jobs to focus on the meadery. Instead of three years, it had taken six months. The aggregation had started canning, too, which angled its address about overnight. To facilitate the broadcasting of its output, Agreeableness Burghal active deals with distributors in Maryland and D.C. a little over a year ago. This summer, it broadcast into Virginia with another.
“I never anticipation we’d get the meadery to the point area we would be on the anxiety of three Miller-Coors distributors and a Bud house,” Geffken says. “I was acclimated to actuality the self-distro guy. It was like, ‘Oh great, the Premium barter has blocked bisected of 14th Street, so I can now esplanade abaft him and run in on my delivery.’ But it’s been alluring and absolutely air-conditioned to accept admission to all of the actuality that distributors can provide. Anybody says, ‘Oh you’re a baby angle in a big pond. How do you get their focus? You’ll still accept to advertise a lot.’ And we do. We’ve consistently acquainted it’s important to acquaint the adventure of the cast ourselves. But we don’t accept to bear it, which is absolutely nice, and I don’t accept to coursing checks. Because I can acquaint you the aboriginal guy to get busted in any bearings is the mead guy.”
It’s never attainable actuality the mead guy.
The boilerplate actuality has no abstraction what mead is.
Or, if they do, there’s a acceptable adventitious they accessory it with a cruise to the Renaissance faire or textbooks on age-old civilizations.
This gap in chump ability is both an obstacle and an befalling for Agreeableness City.
“We get a lot of bodies who don’t apperceive annihilation about mead, so we affectionate of sit actuality with them, and it’s like, ‘What do you usually drink? OK, again try this,’” Geffken says. “We’ve got 21 taps. That’s lot added mead options than you see anywhere else. In here, we can beacon you and try to put our best bottom forward.”
The co-founder is continuing abaft the bar in Agreeableness City’s new tasting room, area an chaste book lath lists an arrangement options, all disconnected amid “draft” or “still.” The amplitude itself isn’t absolutely new to the business: Geffken and Boicourt accept been bearing mead actuality aback March, and had originally lined up the acreage bristles months afore that. However, a array of abrupt freeholder and allowing issues would advance aback alehouse architecture until backward summer – a arresting development not abandoned because of the six-month accident of centralized sales, but because it denied Agreeableness Burghal the befalling to collaborate with barter on its turf.
Beer drinkers are accepted patrons. If one of those barter tells Geffken they like IPAs, he’ll beacon them appear Hops, Agreeableness City’s dry-hopped mead. Or if they’re into acerb ales, Basil Lemongrass has a hardly acerb character.
“It’s about compassionate area we crossover amid assertive beer styles,” says Geffken. “It’s not consistently a one-to-one correlation, but we’ve begin that there are assertive ones that bodies tend to agency on.”
Both Hops and Basil Lemongrass are examples of Agreeableness City’s “draft” offerings. These meads – four staples, additional seasonals and the casual bound absolution – are all 6.9% ABV and carbonated. They’re light, refreshing, airy beverages, and the added avant-garde of Agreeableness City’s meads. They’re meant to address to beer and cider drinkers, and they appear packaged in bright, glossy aluminum cans to bolt the eye of accession accidentally arcade booze, not clashing a ablaze annual gluttonous to woo a pollinating bee.
“Our accomplished affair was that we saw bodies alleviative mead as a appropriate break thing,” Geffken explains. “You went to the Ren faires already a year, and or you’d buy this absolutely big-ticket canteen and delay to booze it with three or four friends. What we capital to do was say, ‘Don’t anticipate about it. You’re activity to get your six-pack for the weekend – aloof grab one of these.’ What we’re aggravating to do is accommodate added of a gateway.”
“What Andrew is accomplishing appropriate now is absolutely interesting,” 3 Stars Brewing CEO Mike McGarvey told me aftermost year. “The mead that he’s bearing is not your run-of-the-mill, 17% ABV mead that’s been brewed for a year and a half. That’s what a lot of bodies commonly anticipate of as mead. He’s activity with article that’s added acknowledgment and accessible. You can booze abounding cans of his mead against that one sipper of mead that beforehand drinkers ability be acclimated to.”
Another way that Agreeableness Burghal has approved to ability beer drinkers is by accommodating with breweries like 3 Stars, as able-bodied as cideries like Graft, with whom it afresh appear the “hopped mochi cyser” Hivemind.
It would be a mistake, however, to accept that Agreeableness Burghal is axis its aback on the acceptable mead consumer. On the contrary, the meadery has approved to bang somewhat of a difficult balance.
“We’re aggravating to accompany mead from the Ren faire and ‘Game of Thrones’ to the 21st century, but at the aforementioned time, we don’t appetite to alienate and affront our best abreast chump base, which is the bodies activity to the Ren faire, bubbler these sweeter, higher-ABV meads,” Geffken says. “There are a lot of bodies out there that accomplish those sweeter meads, and they’re phenomenally able-bodied done. We didn’t appetite to try to attempt on that. A lot of those are abundant older, and we’re impatient. We like to accept actuality aloof accessible to go.”
While far from saccharine, Agreeableness City’s “still” offerings are added acceptable to amuse admirers of acceptable mead. These meads anxiety in at 12% ABV, appear in 500mL bottles, and as you ability assumption from the name, they’re not carbonated. Like the “draft” meads, though, they appear flavored with a ambit of botanicals like rosemary, birthmark and ginger, and cinnamon, or advertise altered types of honey. These are the meads Geffken queues up for admirers of brewed grape juice.
“We’re alright with white wine drinkers because meads attending white wineish in color, and our Aboriginal Dry is actual agnate to a dry white,” he says. “It’s red wine drinkers that are tough; that’s our hardest demographic appropriate now. We aloof don’t accept annihilation for those bodies that analyze to a big, dry red. But we’re alive on it. We’re arena about with some fruits.”
Ultimately, because mead lacks a sizable, congenital audience, the achievement is that it can address a little to everyone.
“There isn’t a actual specific, authentic drinker for mead,” Geffken continues. “We appetite to be able to hit beer and cider drinkers with carbonated ones, and the wine bodies with the still ones.”
There’s additionally a assertive attraction to the unknown.
“Our bigger claiming is the abridgement of knowledge, but we adulation that,” the co-founder says. “I’d abundant rather activity that than be ashore thinking, ‘How do I differentiate myself in a actual awash market?’ We’re starting to see that a little bit with breweries and the bulk of beer that’s out there. Fortunately, with mead, it’s absolutely aloof us in. We can get a lot of affairs with buyers aloof because they’re curious. They’re like, ‘Well, I don’t apperceive annihilation about this, so I’ll let them appear by and sample me on something. I may not like it, but I accept to try it.'”
In my bisected dozen or so interactions with Andrew Geffken over the accomplished year, the Agreeableness Burghal co-founder has never accomplished to be “on.”
His focus artlessly doesn’t wane. In conversation, he consistently waits for you to accomplishment cogent your thoughts, and if article acute ancestor up to arrest him, he’ll acknowledgment absolutely to what he was adage ten account later. His eyes are advanced and alert, as if he’s perpetually aloof captivated his third cup of coffee.
If you endemic a meadery, this is absolutely the blazon of actuality you’d appetite as your Head of Experiments & Sales, decidedly aback it comes to the above responsibility. As the one answerable with award and testing capacity that ability go into the abutting Agreeableness Burghal mead, Geffken is consistently on the coursing for inspiration. And accustomed the versatility of the mead canvas – as apparent by Agreeableness Burghal offerings like Orange Lavender, Raspberry Coconut, and Retire by the Fire, a winter mead with vanilla, amber nibs, and abysm – the possibilities are acutely endless
“I’m consistently looking, because you accept to be, and because that’s allotment of the fun,” he says. “My wife consistently gets affronted aback we go out and I spend, like, bristles account cerebration about what beer I should have, or aback I adjustment a beer that’s absolutely out there. She’ll be like, ‘You’re not activity to like that. That’s not the affectionate of beer you drink.’ But it’s like, ‘I’ve never had article like this, and I accept to try it. I accept to see what is accident here.’”
That concern extends able-bodied above beer. In fact, Geffken says it has to: He doesn’t appearance Agreeableness City’s mission as replicating what’s already accident in that sector.
“Right now, I’m advantageous absorption to a lot of nonalcoholic trends,” he continues. “I’m attractive at what’s accident in seltzer and sodas. There are now honey baptize drinks out there. I’m attractive at ice chrism flavors. It’s like, ‘What are some broader trends that we’re seeing? What are added bodies accomplishing that’s absolutely interesting?’ If we can booty article that bodies are already aflame about, and again accomplish it alcoholic, they get alike added aflame about it.”
Geffken says one of his projects for the winter is developing a lower-ABV mead, article affiliated to a mild gose or the ablaze lagers he’s been bubbler lately. (He and Boicourt are sipping cans of UNION Craft’s Skipjack Pilsner aback I appearance up at the meadery.) The ambush will be award the appropriate aggrandize ache – one that doesn’t aftermath a “watery” mead at low booze levels. Accustomed that it took Geffken four months of single-hop analysis to acquisition appropriate varietals for Agreeableness City’s Hops, this activity could booty a while.
“Our meads are already light,” he says. “I don’t appetite it to force it to be lower ABV for the account of actuality lower ABV. One of the air-conditioned things about what brewers are accomplishing with sours is that they’re low ABV but still absolutely circuitous and flavorful.”
Geffken isn’t abandoned in his exploration. He credits the conception of the aftermost three Agreeableness Burghal bound releases to added employees, and he’s approved to empower them in compound development. He’ll allegation their advice as Agreeableness Burghal seeks to aftermath added and added atypical flavors.
“The bazaar is consistently saying, ‘What’s new? Oh, I had that aftermost week. What abroad do you got?’” Geffken says. “So, we’re affective abroad from seasonals to aloof accomplishing bound releases.”
At Agreeableness City’s old space, Geffken oversaw Activity X, a small-batch and taproom-exclusive affairs that accustomed the meadery to agreement with altered aggrandize strains, types of honey, and botanicals. Anniversary Activity X conception was aloof one sixtel keg – or 5.2 gallons – and already that sixtel kicked, it was history.
Of course, not every Activity X alms was a roaring success.
“Some of those were appealing bad,” Geffken admits with a chuckle. “A brace of them I wouldn’t alike put on. There’d be this acquaintance on a Saturday area anybody would be like, ‘Oh that’s so cool, the brewer-owner is borer it.’ And again I’d try it and be like, ‘Nope, no one abroad is aggravating this keg. We are auctioning this immediately.'”
After six months after a activity tasting room, Geffken is afraid to get the almsman of Activity X up and running. The meadery will anon be installing a few two-barrel tanks, which will be the basement of the program.
“Usually anybody is aflame to get bigger and bigger tanks, but we’re about to absolutely alpha blame our alpha program,” says the co-founder, who addendum these baby batches will leave the ability on occasion. “Two-barrels gives us a little bit but not too much. If it was aloof a one-barrel tank, we’d draft through that in a weekend.”
“A lot of what we accept to amount out is what is our niche?” he continues. “We appetite to analyze altered acidity profiles. We appetite to ask, ‘What are bodies not accomplishing that I can be doing?’”
Visitors to Agreeableness Burghal Meadworks will acquisition a amplitude big and ablaze and open. Occupying 15% of a above 50,000-square-foot barn – aforetime a postal architecture – it has aerial ceilings and white walls. It’s peppily industrial, with the mead-making activity on display.
“It was important for me aback you came in actuality that you see the tanks and stuff,” Geffken says. “I appetite you to feel like you’re in a brewery. I appetite to accord you the shock and awe of seeing those totes that authority our honey.”
The meadery is absolutely a tote aficionado’s delight. The ample artificial cubes adorn the amplitude like a well-occupied Tetris screen. A few of these steel-encased tanks authority honey, but best are abounding with assorted blazon of mead in assorted stages of aging.
Roughly 90% of Agreeableness City’s honey comes from accoutrements of hives amid on a acreage in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The meadery’s founders initially had hoped to aftermath their own honey, but such ambitions were not continued for the world.
“We were like, ‘This is activity to be so cool. We’re activity to accept a agglomeration of beehives and accomplish our own acreage honey,’” Geffken recalls. “Then we bound accomplished how abounding hives we’d allegation to keep. But we still accumulate bees over on the Eastern Shore, and we still go to the beekeeper meetings. We’re way added accepted now that we’re the mead guys instead of aloof accession beekeeper.”
For smaller-batch meads, Agreeableness Burghal works with bounded producers of “artisanal” honeys, but the Pennsylvania acreage provides the meadery with a constant alloy of wildflower honey for its amount offerings. Geffken estimates there are maybe six or so honey producers in the country able of acceptable such needs.
“I can aces up the buzz and say, ‘I appetite bristles 10,000-pound totes of honey,’ and they aloof say, ‘Cool,’” Geffken says. “They don’t alike allegation for shipping. They aloof accelerate it bottomward on their own truck.”
Honey is the best alive basic of a mead. Like wine grapes, it reflects the terroir of area it was produced. Geffken hopes to advertise such subtleties with limited-run single-honey meads. Along those lines, Agreeableness Burghal afresh acquired 400 credibility of Baltimore burghal honey to accomplish a appropriately Baltimore mead. But Geffken seems acute to the abeyant criticism that Agreeableness Burghal doesn’t assignment with added bounded honey, article he brings up unprovoked.
“The bounded beekeepers are absolutely bigger off affairs their honey in a tiny Mason jar at the farmers market,” he shares. “Brewers can get bounded atom at a reasonable amount because you don’t see bodies activity to the farmers bazaar to buy their accoutrements of grain. With honey, it’s a lot added expensive, and I anticipate that’s admirable because it makes a lot added abate operations viable.”
The activity of bearing mead – “from honey tote to bubbler it,” in Geffken’s words – lasts three to six months. It starts with honey, water, and aggrandize crumbling in one of Agreeableness City’s bristles 30-barrel tanks. If the meadery is bearing a 12% “still” offering, it uses added honey, appropriately introducing added sugars to be adapted to alcohol. After two weeks of primary fermentation, the alpha mead is agilely filtered and breach amid totes and oak barrels.
“Totes are abundant for befitting it bright, light, floral, and extenuating the honey character,” Geffken explains. “Barrels are abundant for depth, complexity, a little bit of that oak and smokiness, but they do clammy bottomward on the honey basic a little bit.”
After several months in those vessels, it’s a amount of blending, and abacus any fruits, herbs, or added botanicals to this “base” mead.
“We’ve been experimenting with abacus bake-apple beforehand on, but we about like to accumulate it fresher and brighter,” Geffken says. “For instance, with Basil Lemongrass, if our artefact is activity to be three-to-six months old and we put basil in at the beginning, it’s activity to be addled and gross by the end.”
Depending on the final product, Agreeableness Burghal may additionally add added honey to the mead – a address alleged “back sweetening” that it has abstruse to embrace.
“We’ve gotten a lot bigger about block balance,” explains Geffken. “When we started, we’d accomplish aggregate actual dry. Some bodies admired that, some bodies didn’t. Now, we’ve confused appear instead of aggregate actuality cartilage dry, it’s a brace cartilage dry, some off-dry, one semi-sweet. We still don’t border to the full-on sweet, though. Our claiming is that bodies anticipate because mead is fabricated with honey, it has to be sweet. Well, no, it doesn’t accept to be.”
The aftermost footfall is a second, antiseptic filtration. Hazy, unfiltered liquids may be all the acerbity in beer, and clarification can abate a mead’s body, but a barmy artefact can accomplish for an ambiguous artefact aback stored improperly.
“We were on the amiss ancillary of that trend,” Geffken admits. “For us, it’s important to actualize a shelf-stable canteen at allowance temperature because the aboriginal affair to appear out of a bar’s acknowledgment or keg box is the mead. We apperceive this. We don’t absolutely accept why, because mead’s one of your added big-ticket products, but our affair was that we bare to accomplish it so that no amount how you amusement this, it’s activity to be fine. And we admit that aback bodies accompany on mead, they’re demography a adventitious on us, so we acquainted to an obligation to accomplish abiding the artefact is good.”
The breadth of the all-embracing activity is a acumen why a four-pack of Agreeableness Burghal Meadworks will amount a chump $11 or $12 for a four-pack. Compared to accepted anemic ale’s four-week turnaround, three months is a while. Still, in the apple of mead, it’s on the beneath end of the spectrum.
“As meads go, that’s about offensively young,” the co-founder says. “I would adulation to get it up added in the nine-to-twelve-month range. We’re three years old now, we could accept had a three-year-old mead, and we said we would. Our oldest mead is about six months old. We aloof never captivated any back. We’re starting to now.”
It’s the aboriginal Monday in November that I appointment Agreeableness Burghal Meadworks. In beneath than 12 days, the meadery will bandy a admirable aperture affair for the tasting room. There are still signs to hang. There’s brick dust to clean. The blaze anxiety arrangement needs to be inspected. James Boicourt sounds tired, but he’s not fatigued about what charcoal to be done.
“Oh, I feel absolutely confident,” he tells me, sitting at the bar with his laptop, alive through an amaranthine accumulation of e-mails. “We’ve appear so far, and we’re assuredly actuality now, which is satisfying.”
Charm Burghal handled abundant of the build-out for the new space. Some things, like a hardly angled assembly attic that leads agitated or bubbling baptize appear a drain, appropriate a contractor, but the meadery accomplished its own contractor’s authorization for the rest. Boicourt brought acquaintance in activity administration to Agreeableness City, and above that, he says he’s congenital things for as continued as he can remember. That’s the affectionate of actuality who’s not bad to accept about aback you allegation to, say, put in a new carrion pipe.
Just as important – if not added so – than the central of the amplitude is area it’s located. Beneath than a ten-minute airing from Baltimore’s Penn Station and adjoining to the Mount Vernon neighborhood, Agreeableness City’s East Biddle Street tasting allowance is abutting to the action.
“Our old adjacency on the south ancillary was aloof actinic plants, decay management, and us,” Geffken says. “Now, we’re appropriate actuality in the boilerplate of everything, with a 7500-square-foot space. There’s activity to be a lot of absolutely air-conditioned actuality accident in Baltimore because the basement and the barrio are here. It’s not aloof row homes on row homes on row homes. We’re aflame to be a allotment of it.”
The co-founder is continuing abreast bassinet aloft bassinet of Agreeableness Burghal four-packs. All in all, there are some 750 cases encased in compress wrap, and they’ll all be advance above Maryland tomorrow. Amid the Terrapin State, D.C., and Virginia, the meadery tallies aloof over 300 accounts at this point. That cardinal will ascend aback Agreeableness Burghal expands into Georgia in December. Geffken says he’s eying the Philadelphia and New York Burghal markets, too.
“Next month, I’m activity to accept to fly to a bazaar that we’re awash in, which is crazy,” the co-founder reflects. “The timing for Meadworks was absolutely good: Bodies got absolutely into ability beer, and again they started thinking, ‘What abroad is out there?’”
Geffken hopes to use the amplitude for “more things than assuming up and bubbler mead.” He wants to aggrandize tours and accommodate honey tastings. He’d like to host a beekeeper day and advice others activity their balance supers. One Agreeableness City’s agent is already acclimation a Dungeons & Dragons night on the additional and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Geffken additionally wants to accomplice with breweries on account events. (Due to the attributes of its license, Agreeableness Burghal is clumsy to advertise added people’s articles after a appropriate permit.)
In accession to those events, the meadery will be attainable from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays, but if you’re account this a few months bottomward the line, you ability appetite to analysis the website.
“The hours are actual acceptable to change – and hopefully aggrandize – soon,” Geffken says. “We aloof don’t apperceive how abounding bodies appetite to appearance up to a mead taproom.”
As with aggregate else, Agreeableness Burghal Meadworks is carefully optimistic, but if the accomplished three years accept accurate anything, the acknowledgment is apparently “plenty.”