In beautiful Point Reyes Station, just north of San Francisco lives Heidrun Meadery, a picturesque meadery, apiary and bee forage farmscape, complete with a tasting room serving mead produced from flowers and bees on-site. Mead is created by fermenting honey with water (and sometimes a few special ingredients like fruit, grain or spices), and falls in its own category of alcoholic beverages somewhere between wine and beer. Heidrun Meadery produces a number of naturally sparkling varietal meads, all dependent on the essence of the honey and flowers from which it is derived.
At Heidrun Meadery, you can bring your own picnic and spend the afternoon sipping their varietals. Or, you can take the afternoon up a notch by signing-up for their “Bee, Experienced” tour – something we here at BREWPUBLIK highly recommend. The tour is led by Bonnie and Gary, two of Heidrun’s expert beekeepers and mead connoisseurs.
Now, this tour isn’t just a day of frolicking through wildflower fields with a flute of sparkling mead in hand. You’ve got to be ready to suit up and get up close and personal with hundreds of swarming bees – an action-packed, hands-on experience that’s the perfect mix of adrenaline and education. In fact, there’s a lot more to honey and mead production then you may think – and it’s really quite fascinating.
The afternoon starts with a horticultural tour of the bee forage farmscape at Heidrun Meadery (green thumb not required). After learning some apicultural (beekeeping) basics, you’ll head out to the apiary for a hands-on examination of real, working beehives. With the protection of a beekeeping suit, you’ll get to extract honey from the beehive frames by hand. You’ll even get to bring home a souvenir of this honey that you harvested just hours before – it doesn’t get any more authentic than that!
Then, after touring the production facility and learning about their bee forage cultivation operation, you’ll wrap up the afternoon with a sampling of Heidrun Meadery’s perfectly refreshing sparkling mead varietals. This hands-on tour is just something you have to experience for yourself in person, but we’ll try to sum it up the best way we can: Flower nectar leads to honey; honey leads to mead; mead leads to happiness on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Interested in checking out Heidrun Meadry for yourself? Check out their tour schedule, tasting room hours and calendar of events by clicking here!