Good day, folks! I recently spent a lovely day accomplishing wonderful things around West Asheville, like getting my ukulele restrung and tuned, eating Thunderstruck Coffee Porter ice cream in a Cinnamon Waffle Cone (I love you, The Hop!) and culminating in an herbal mead class at Asheville School of Holistic Herbalism. Yay, local business love!
The Medicinal Meads and Herbal Elixir class by Turtle Turlington was great – we didn’t have the time to cover as much material as I’d hoped, but the discussions packed into the session and the chance to taste of these well-aged herbal meads were fantastic. We got to try a Nettles & Hemlock mead from 2007, a delicious, dry herbal mead with a decidedly spring tonic feel to it. Then there was a bottle brewed with Spruce, Birch, and Rosemary. That was really potent with all of those high note flavors and would make another good tonic mead for early spring. The Goldenrod & Ginger mead was my favorite of the whole group, which is fantastic, since I have a gallon jug of goldenrod & ginger wine sitting on my countertop to be racked right now! Overall, the class served to remind me of why I love to brew meads and wines to begin with – the act of making a connection with the plants, the bees and their honey, the merry little fermenting fungus that makes it all work. It is a very deep and spiritual thing to connect with the process and to step into the cycle of transformation right alongside the bubbling jugs – you are working magic when you brew.
It was also nice to run into a former customer of mine from when I was selling infused honey – Katie was in the class as well, and we chatted afterwards. This is the second time I’ve felt a desire to start making honey again, but I’m not able to be a consistent supplier since my days are already quite full.
I also paid a visit to Villagers – a beautiful little homesteading supply store that I finally got the chance to visit! It is so beautiful, and made me wish I were rolling in dough. Cheese presses and Weck jars and hive supplies… *sigh*
Here’s a few things to go explore: