Mead in New York: Cuomo proposes new license for ‘honey wine’ producers

New York has licenses for farm breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries. If Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push is successful, farm meaderies will have one of their own.

Cuomo’s budget proposal would create a farm meadery license. Meaderies produce braggot, which is made with barley malt and honey, and mead. Mead is produced by fermenting honey with water and adding other ingredients, such as fruits and herbs.

Mead is often referred to as “honey wine.”

There is a growing number of meaderies across the U.S. In 2003, there were 30. As of early 2016, the number of meaderies soared to 300.

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