Your visit to the area will be complete with a stop at a meadery!
When you visit Lenoir & the NC foothills, you might think that your options for alcoholic beverages are limited to visits to breweries and wineries. The reality is that there is also a meadery in Lenoir, North Carolina that is well worth a visit. MoonJoy Meadery has more than a dozen flavors of mead, which makes it a great option if you’ve not yet tried mead and want to see what all the fuss is about.
Mead is also referred to as honey wine because it is crafted by fermenting honey. Even in medieval times, it was not unusual to add other ingredients, such as fruits, grains, spices, and more. Partake of mead as one of the oldest alcoholic beverages known, and bring out your inner Viking, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, or another ancient civilization you are drawn to. Mead was used for everything from medical uses to ceremonial as the “nectar of the gods”. Today you’ll just think of it as amazing.
One of the interesting things about mead is how much it can vary because of the differences in honey itself. Honey flavors depend on what the bees have gathered from and can range from light, mild flavors to complex, deep flavors. The honey that the meadery uses, as well as any other ingredients added to it, directly influence the complexity and flavor of the mead.
Going to a meadery is not just about enjoying delicious mead. It is also about the experience itself. You can make it feel even more authentic by using a drinking horn, for example. Of course, the southern hospitality of this area truly elevates the experience too. So, if you happen to be in the Lenoir area either as a resident or a visitor, you really should check out a meadery!