I’ve watched enough Robin Hood movies to know that Friar Tuck is a big fan of honey mead but I had yet to try it over the years. Thankfully as the Triangle beer scene has blown up over the past few years, new adult libations are being brewed in the area. Enter Honeygirl Meadery. A new twist on an ages-old drink and a fun alternative to vino!
Moving around the corner to Honeygirl Meadery, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for this discrete location. They’ve got an even smaller store-front with no obvious signage up front but I spy a yellow, pop-up sign near the sidewalk which clues me in on Honeygirl. We step inside and it’s a small space up front. You’ll be greeted at a cheery counter with a whiteboard of their samples for the day and a nice display of mead bottles and merchandise. We pay $5 for a tasting with a Honeygirl Meadery souvenir glass and the tour is free.
We sample four different meads ranging from strawberry to hibiscus. Very light flavor, mead reminds me of a light wine apertif with a lot of subtlety. In back we learn from the owner, Diane Currier about the manufacture of mead and her passion for the ages-old drink. There definitely is a lot of love and honey that goes into making this drink, it’s not an inexpensive or simple process. And definitely a different beverage option for the Triangle!
So if you’re in the hood, definitely check out the new Honeygirl Meadery. It’s sweet, it’s different, it’s refreshing. Let’s give those honeybees a big hand!
105 Hood Street #6
Durham, NC 27701
Tasting Room: Saturday (11am-5pm)