Episode 173 – Cloister Honey and Starrlight Meadery

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In The News

Special Guest

This episode we welcomed Joanne Young and Randall York of Charlotte’s own Cloister Honey.  Bees are a delicious business and now more than ever local honey is a serious business. Cloister Honey maintains multiple beehives around Charlotte, mainly in the NoDa area and atop the Ritz Carlton.  We learned the process of beekeeping through their apiary eyes, discussed flavor infusing honey, varietals of honey, and the epidemic of colony collapse.

Special thanks to Tupelo Honey for hooking up our food for this honey drenched episode.  They’ve got some mighty fine Southern fare including honey dipped fried chicken so stop by their South Boulevard location and treat the family.

Joanne Young and Randall York of Charlotte's own Cloister Honey

Joanne Young and Randall York of Charlotte’s own Cloister Honey

Homebrewer Spotlight

Keeping in the honey theme we imported Ben Starr, head mazer of Starrlight Meadery. Ben walks us through the process of honey fermentation, the equipment required, and a little science about why different honeys produce different meads. The Common Market in Plaza Midwood is currently the only Charlotte location to carry this delicious mead, so stop by and pick up a couple of bottles for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Ben Starr, head mazer of Starrlight Meadery.

Ben Starr, head mazer of Starrlight Meadery.

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