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Helderberg Meadworks

Established 2012
518.795.8964
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lineup of bottles of Helderberg mead ona bar with bone horn and glass
Tasting Fee
$5; $10 with glass
TOURS
No
Production
Less than 5,000 cases
Owners
Peter and Kirsten Voelker
Mead Maker
Peter Voelker

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 with his wife Kirsten to share what he considers the best mead in the country.

In 2015, the Voelkers were 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, they were able to truly appreciate the beauty of the location and the view overlooking the mountains. It was clear this would be the eventual location of their tasting room, a perfect setting to relax and enjoy their mead and cider.

Inspired by their Apple Mead, in 2016 Helderberg Meadworks began producing their own hard cider. The philosophy of using all-natural ingredients extends to their ciders, allowing them to bring out the crisp, fresh apple flavor. Thanks to the positive customer feedback at festivals over the past two years, Helderberg decided to make hard cider 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. A collaboration with Brown’s Brewing, Braggoting Rights is a 12% ABV braggot that has been barrel aged for nine months. Amazingly smooth and light, Braggoting Rights was created using Helderberg’s Odin’s Tears for the mead component, with the beer component being a rye ale.z

Savor This

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The Meadhall is open! Sample everything Helderberg has to offer in their brand new tasting room. It’s open Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons—the perfect spot to enjoy a session mead or one of Helderberg’s signature cocktails.

Inspired by their Apple Mead, in 2016 Helderberg Meadworks began producing their own hard cider. The philosophy of using all-natural ingredients extends to their ciders as well, allowing them to bring out the crisp, fresh apple flavor. Thanks to the positive customer feedback at festivals over the past two years, Helderberg has decided to make hard cider a permanent addition to their future 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. A collaboration with Brown’s Brewing, Braggoting Rights is a 12% ABV braggot that has been barrel aged for nine months. Amazingly smooth and light, Braggoting Rights was created using Helderberg’s Odin’s Tears for the mead component, with the beer component being a rye ale.

While mead remains Helderberg’s signature product, offerings such as hard cider and braggots allow them the opportunities to continue to expand their craft.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

bottle of Helderberg Meadworks mead on wood table with fur pelts

“Meady Good" Cocktail Series

2019 marks the opening of the Helderberg Meadworks Meadhall! After six years of selling wholesale and at festivals, Helderberg is happy to have a place to
call home.

At the new tasting room, customers can enjoy Helderberg’s line of products by the glass or growler, indoors or out. There will be new products as well as small batch experimentals to choose from.

Visit the Meadhall with its beautiful view of three counties and the rolling hillside—enjoyed best while sipping a glass of mead, braggot or hard cider on the porch at sunset!

DIRECTIONS

Hours

JAN–FEB

Sat: 12–5pm

MAR–DEC

Thurs: 4–9pm
Fri: 5–9pm
Sat: 2–9pm
Sun: 12–5pm

CLOSED

Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

Staff Picks

MEAD
  • Heritage Mead
  • Maple Mead
  • Odin’s Tears Dry Mead
  • Feral Mead
  • Sweet Feral Mead
  • Staghorn Mead
  • Black Currant Mead
  • Cherry Vanilla Sweet Mead
  • Pepper Mead
  • Session Mead
BRAGGOT
  • Braggoting Rights
  • Saison De Miel
CIDER
  • Classic Hard Cider
  • Maple Hard Cider
  • Cassis Hard Cider
  • Cherry Hard Cider

MEET THE MEAD MAKER

owner of Herderberg Meadworks with his wife
Peter and Kirsten Voelker

Peter Voelker

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.

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