We told you HERE in March 2022 that Zymarium Meadery (Facebook | Website) had purchased the former Orange Studio building at 1121 N. Mills Avenue [GMap] in the Mills 50 District and they’re almost ready to open their doors to The City Beautiful.
The 6,000 SF former design studio/production warehouse has been lovingly converted into a new production facility and tasting room, which has been gussied up with all of the matte black tile and gold accents you never knew you needed.
Mead is an alcoholic beverage made with fermented honey and water and can have a variety of flavors and alcohol content, ranging from 8% to 20% ABV, and it can be dry and crisp or sweet and viscous, depending on the recipe.
The ancient Greeks called it the “nectar of the Gods,” as bees were seen as heavenly messengers, and mead was associated with strength, knowledge, and immortality. Big Sugar, pushed by trading conglomerates in the 17th century made honey harder to get and more expensive through new tax laws and pushed mead out of favor.
The duo behind Zymarium, Ginger Leigh and Joe Leigh, discovered their love of making mead at home before competing and winning at industry competitions, and then deciding to open their own Orlando facility. the name Zymarium comes from the words “zymology” which is the study of fermentation, and “arium,” which is Latin for “building.”
A grand opening for Orlando’s first meadery is scheduled for August 19 but they will be accepting private reservations from family and friends and industry professionals in the weeks ahead as they test their staff and new tasting room’s capabilities and limits. Bungalower Buddy members should stay tuned for a special invitation to RSVP for VIP access “key party” soon as well, otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the grand opening next month to check it out for yourself.