Charm City Meadworks was born out of a love of adventure and learning. Co-owner James Boicourt began keeping bees in college, after taking graduate-level entomology classes, and through the excess of honey, he started to translate his home-brewing hobby into the amateur crafting of honey-based spirits and beverages.
After college, his love for the water led him to a job at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where he met fellow brew enthusiast and future co-owner Andrew Geffken. As they dreamed and schemed of investing in a new business, mead grew from an annual Viking party to a full-fledged business, seeking to show the world that the oldest alcoholic beverage in history is still relevant, and more importantly, still just as delicious.
Abandoning engineering and sustainability jobs to work a lot more for a lot less but have a great time doing it, James and Andrew launched Baltimore City's only meadery in early 2014. Ever since, they've been movin' and brewin'. Charm City and the nectar of the gods are a match made in heaven.
See who we are, and what everyone has to say about us, below.
The Meadworks Crew
James Boicourt // Co-Owner & MeadMAker
James is the senior meadmaker, keeper of secret recipes, and ultimate tinkerer at CCMW. Before Charm City, he worked most recently in remotely controlled underwater robotics, but has also held positions as a commercial crabber, a boat builder, a hot rod shop operator, and even a pool snack bar operator. His hobbies include gluing fur onto dashboards, and hanging out with friends on Artemis II.
James' mead of choice: Retire by the Fire (our winter mead)
Andrew Geffken // Co-Owner & Head of Experiments & Sales
Andrew does a little bit of everything, but mainly manages the DC market and assists James with production. Before Charm City, Andrew worked in sustainability and knows the carbon footprint of a Skittle. Now he keeps the Meadworks green by doing small deliveries and customer visits via bicycle.
Andrew's mead of choice: Hops
Elliot Madre // Assistant Meadmaker
Fulfilling the role of jack-of-all-trades in training, Elliot recently moved from North Carolina to help out the CCMW team. Before working here, he has gained experience in various fields such as programming, wilderness training, restaurant management, IT, and music. He will probably do this for a few years before getting bored and pursuing, I don't know, lion-taming or something.
Elliot's mead of choice: Raspberry Coconut
Ben C. Smith // Distribution & Farmers Markets
Ben has been a farmers market manager and distributor for CCMW since the company began. He takes great pleasure in the chemistry of mead-making and tries his best to make sure safety comes first at CCMW. Ben is a scientific and medical illustrator by trade, having done work for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic, and many more. Unfortunately, no one wants to pay artists anything these days, so the scientific world's loss is the Meadworks' gain! Go Apis mellifera!
Ben's mead of choice: Cinnamon
Hillary Harris // Sales Manager
Hillary is spreading the word to Baltimore and its surrounding counties (and soon, the world). Previously she was a salesperson at DuClaw Brewing, and even has a bee tattoo. She's all over town, and if you ask nicely she might give you some mead or drop some knowledge about bee entomology.
Hillary's mead of choice: Mango Comapeno
CurtIs Ferguson // Digital MeAdia Architect
Curtis is a busy CCMW bee—from managing social media to working in the bottling line to being the hostess with the most-ess as a taproom bartender, his role is extremely versatile. Curtis’ favorite part of working with CCMW is dropping knowledge on his beloved honey-based beverage. Curtis has been a fan of CCMW since we accidentally set off a fire extinguisher right before his first CCMW video.
Curtis' mead of choice: Retire by the Fire
Curtis's wife's mead of choice: Wildflower
Tim Fries // Foaming Rockstar/Scientist
The first graduate of our internship program, Tim lives and breathes the phrase "Science...it works". Tim was a home brewer of mead for over a decade before pursuing an education in biochemistry. He is very excited to apply his wicked smart (microbiology and chemistry) background to Meadworks and is already responsible for vast improvements in all our meads.
Tim's mead of choice: Project X
The Buzz about Charm City Meadworks
NPR: The Salt - This Modern Meadery is Making Honey Wine Hip - With Hops
Roll Call - Charm City Buzzes with New Brews
Baltimore City Paper - CCMW Launches Line of Canned Mead
The Guardian - The Foodie Traveller (Small feature)
The Beah Show - Road Trip to Charm City Meadworks (Video)
The Nobler Experiment - Is It Time to Pay Attention to Mead?
Drink Baltimore - Getting to Know Baltimore's First Meadery
Baltimore Magazine - Charm City Meadworks Opens
Baltimore Business Journal - How Charm City Meadworks Attract Customers
What Weekly - The New Mead Revolution, with Charm City Meadworks