Helderberg Meadworks is a unique “winery” located at the edge of the Helderberg Mountains where fresh water and local raw honey are used to craft the finest mead. They are one of the few meaderies in the state who primarily produce mead. Owner and meadmaker Peter Voelker has been making mead for many years. In 2010, he decided to open Helderberg Meadworks to share what he considers to be the best mead in the country.
In 2015 he was able to purchase more land to expand their small orchard and add a vineyard. While working hard to clear the land and plant rows of fruit, he was able to truly appreciate the beauty of the location and the view overlooking the mountains. It was clear this would be the location of their tasting room, a perfect setting to relax and enjoy his mead and cider.
Join the Horn Club for access to exclusive and experimental meads! Each Horn Club release is identified by a number—the newest, 1001003, already promises to be a best seller. Membership is $50 and comes with a drinking horn and holster, exclusive discounts, and a glass fill punch card. Plus, every 10th fill is free!
Inspired by their Apple Mead, in 2016 Helderberg Meadworks began producing hard cider. The philosophy of using all-natural ingredients extends to their ciders, allowing them to bring out crisp, fresh apple flavor. Thanks to positive customer feedback at festivals, hard cider became a permanent addition to their tasting room offerings.
In addition to mead and cider, Helderberg makes a rare product called a “braggot,” a beer/mead hybrid made with grains and hops. They have collaborated with such
Capital District breweries as Brown’s Brewing, Serious Brewing and Rare Form
Brewing Company to produce a wide variety of braggots. Who is next? Follow Helderberg Meadworks on social media to be the first to know!
2022 marked the opening of a second meadhall in Troy, NY. While the Esperance tasting room will remain the primary location with large events, the Troy meadhall provides the Capital Region with a location that is closer to home and follows the downtown Troy vibe. Come and enjoy the same award-winning product line and atmosphere in a new location. Check the website for open hours.
National Mead Day is the first Saturday in August. Helderberg has turned it into an entire weekend with live music and a variety of vendors, including contestants from the TV show Forged in Fire. It’s Helderberg’s biggest event of the year and you won’t want to miss it!
Helderberg Meadworks has once again broken the mold. This time, by creating a series of custom meads designed for local bands. Pillage! was created for local hardcore band Brick by Brick. Known for their legendary love of Jack Daniels, this mead was designed to be their strongest offering at 17% ABV and heavily oaked. Blood of the Wasted was created for local hard rock icons The Erotics. Singer/guitarist Mike Trash’s love of Helderberg’s Pepper Mead is no secret, so together they designed a new pepper mead tailored to his personal taste. There’s more in the pipeline too!
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Peter Voelker is an engineer by degree. His love for creating something personal and unique combined with a passion for history drove him to experiment with and study mead. He was born in NYC and lived his life in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. He got his start making homebrew as soon as he graduated college, then branched out into other beverages. He began making mead over 20 years ago and has been perfecting it ever since.
Having discovered through genealogy that he is a descendant of the first King of Norway, Harald Fairhair, Peter developed a mead that he would feel honored to raise in a toast with his ancestor. In honor of that link, the label for Heritage was designed to include the “Swords in Mountain” monument of three bronze swords standing 30 feet tall. That monument was erected in Norway to commemorate King Harald’s historic final battle of Hafrsfjord.