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When you think of mead, you might immediately conjure images of Tyrion Lannister or the dwarves of Middle Earth tossing back horns of the stuff. Cool enough, sure, but James Boicourt is out to reinvent the perception of it. At Charm City Meadworks, the owner and mead-maker has developed modern spins on the spirit—instead of the viscous, sugar-sweet recipes of yore, his meads finish more like a crisp wine or cider, depending on the varietal. Using honey sourced from Dutch Gold in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as well as some from the meadery's own hives, Boicourt might offset its sweetness with something herbal (rosemary), bitter (elderberry), spicy (cinnamon), or floral (wildflower). Some are carbonated and some are not, but all can be sampled in the facility's brand-new tasting room. There, guests can hang on a patio with cornhole boards and feast on whatever snacks or picnic they choose to bring along.