CHARM CITY MEADWORKS WAS BORN OUT OF A LOVE OF ADVENTURE AND LEARNING.
Co-owner James Boicourt began keeping bees in college where he took graduate-level entomology classes. When his hives produced way more honey than expected, he decided to try to use some of the excess honey to make alcohol. The experiment worked and a hobby was born.
After college, James’s 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. Andrew had been working environmental consultant desk-jobs, but dreamed of starting a brewing business.
One day Andrew tried some of James’s mead. Working together, what started as a hobby (something served at an annual Viking party) quickly became a full-fledged business. It turns out that the oldest alcoholic beverage in history is still relevant, and more importantly, 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.
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The Nobler Experiment - Is It Time to Pay Attention to Mead?
Drink Baltimore - Getting to Know Baltimore's First Meadery
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What Weekly - The New Mead Revolution, with Charm City Meadworks