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With its three basic ingredients—honey, water, and yeast—the making of mead sounds misleadingly simple. But Michael Fairbrother tinkered with the recipe for this ancient drink in his garage for 15 years before he felt ready to open Moonlight Meadery and share the results. The result is an award–winning meadery that for the past five years, has offered a sensory experience into the history, production, and craft of mead making. Michael has fine-tuned the fermentation process to craft batches of mead from ethically sourced, minimally processed honey, which imparts each sip with rich color, vivid aromas, and the pleasant buzz that "bees" make while wading into a hot tub. Michael’s traditional mead rests side by side with fruit-tinged and spiced varietals that meld flavors such as tart rhubarb and Madagascar-bourbon vanilla beans with wildflower honey. Moonlight has garnered nods from Mazer Cup International for the past four years for its high quality mead.