Beer Goggles: Suffield-based Crafted Artisan Meadery wins gold in international competition

By Kyle McDonald | Staff Writer Published:

Suffield's own Crafted Artisan Meadery has one more thing to brag about today after claiming a gold medal in the 2014 Mazer Cup International Mead Competition.

Winners in the largest commercial mead competition, held in Boulder, Co. were announced March 22, and Crafted Artisan Meadery took the gold in the "session" mead-style category for its Pollinator.

Pollinator is a sparkling, dry hopped and spiced blackberry mead Crafted launched just four months ago in its first foray into carbonated meads. It is available in both 500ml crown capped bottles as well as on draft and weighs in at 6 percent ABV.

"We are obviously very proud given the international nature of this competition as well as with the number and quality of entries," said Crafted owner Kent Waldeck, announcing the prize. "Pollinator was created to help bring awareness to Colony Collapse Disorder and hopefully this recognition will help further that along. We have more sparkling meads in the works and take this as a positive sign of things to come."

Last year, Crafted Artisan Meadery nabbed the silver medal in the same competition for its Tupelo Mead in the "varietal -- semi-sweet" category.

It's only been two years since Crafted Artisan Meadery opened up in Suffield, just outside of Akron, and the company has managed to make its mark across Ohio and beyond into Indiana, Kentucky and Florida, with Chicago, Ill., next on the list.

In addition to making high-quality mead, also known as honey wine, Crafted focuses on educating its customers on the history and future of mead, as well as the importance of honey bees and local ingredients.

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