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Brooklyn, New York

Mead is Magic, Wine is Medicine

Join us for a tasting and discussion of the centuries-old beliefs behind mead, the world's oldest adult beverage, in New York City's first commercial meadery.

Despite associations with Vikings and Ren Faires, mead has a deep and complex global history that we’ll uncover in this illuminating discussion on mead and medicine.

Rather than the majority of wines that are made from grapes, mead is made from honey. But like wine, mead has been revered as a magical and mysterious potion for centuries.

Raphael Lyon, founder and mazer (mead maker) at Enlightenment Wines, will share with us traditional beliefs about mead’s healing powers, which spread throughout the honey-wine’s history. As honey was brewed and fermented with plants or herbs, the beverage took on a higher purpose as a curing elixir. You may be surprised to learn that meads have been made by virtually every human culture across the globe and throughout history.

Allow these tales to ferment in your brain as you sample the shockingly complex and beautifully botanical flavors of a glass of mead poured from tap, included in your ticket. Following the talk, you’re invited to continue to explore the experimental flavors, available by glass and bottle next door at Enlightenment Wines' tasting room, Honey’s.

About Enlightenment Wines:

Enlightenment Wines, New York City's first meadery, has been focusing on small-batch meads made with wild yeast, foraged herbs, and locally sourced fruit since 2009. They have two production locations- one on a family farmstead in the Hudson Valley and the other in Bushwick, Brooklyn with an attached tasting room and cocktail bar called Honey's.


  • Your ticket includes admission and one glass of mead to enjoy during the discussion.
  • The talk will be approximately 45 minutes, with an intermission in the middle for tasting and a Q&A session after in the tasting room.
  • Seating will be first-come, first seated.
  • The tasting room will be open during the talk and after the event for you to continue your exploration of mead.
  • 21+, please bring I.D.



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