Duluth Native Launches Kickstarter to Bring Meadery to Town

Updated: 03/31/2014 11:16 PM
Created: 03/31/2014 11:11 PM

A Duluth native is trying to get a homebrewing project of a different kind off the ground: 24-year-old Jon Helender wants more people to be drinking mead.

Right now, he is finishing up a graduate degree at the University of California Riverside in biology. But in seven or eight months he hopes to return to the Zenith City and brew the organic fermented honey booze  popular in Nordic lore  for local establishments.  

"I like the niche of mead. It's got like the traditional feel to it... almost an archaic feel to it," Helender said on the phone Monday. "I think that mead really has that, but it also has room to expand into a modern social drinking thing."

Helender is raising money right now on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, and he's hoping to get enough pledges to expand on his operation.

Right now he says he has the equipment to make 20-gallon batches at a time.

For more details on his proposal, check out his Kickstarter page here.

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