Ethereal Meads is deeply rooted in the honeys and fruits of the Pacific Northwest. “Ethereal” is our best word to describe the mood of a misty, mossy old-growth forest near our home. It is here we find the inspiration for our interpretations of the fantastic beverage that is mead! Each of our meads is named for a forest mood or creature.
Our meadmaster, Gary Gross, found that over many years, practically every time he served his mead, someone would say “you should sell this!” After taking a gold medal on his first try at the largest mead competition in the world, he decided to abandon any thought of doing anything but pursuing his passion; to make great mead and to promote mead as a wonderful beverage that deserves to be much more well-known. A chemical engineer and lifelong singer , he sees mead making as the perfect marriage of science and art. “Making mead professionally is crazy fun,” he says.
Our business is an extension of who we are – lovers of the natural world that is around us. Stewardship of our precious environment is important to us. For us, quality without stewardship would be a hollow accomplishment. Sustainable farming and beekeeping practices must be a commitment and a mindset for our suppliers. As a business we support organizations that work to sustain, enhance and recover our natural environment for present and future generations.
Here’s a recent newspaper article on Gary: