Honeygirl Meadery | Durham, NC
Diane is the founder, owner and mead maker of Honeygirl Meadery, making hand-crafted honey wines with local fruits, flowers and herbs in downtown Durham. Honeygirl Meadery opened in 2014, joining the vibrant local food and craft beverage scene that Durham is famous for. The meadery’s tasting room offers a rotating seasonal lineup of meads as well as year-round favorites like Hibiscus Lemonthyme and Orange Blossom.
Diane grew up in Winston-Salem, a happy suburban kid of the 1960s. She left North Carolina in the ‘80s for life as an advertising exec at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York. Following a fast-rising career, she returned to her home state a dozen years later, in search of a simpler life. It was after settling into Durham that Diane discovered her love of working with her hands and went on to become a baker, potter, and now, mead maker.
Diane started homebrewing beer shortly after moving to Durham in the early 1990s. She experienced her first mead at Ring of Fire Meadery in Homer, Alaska, in 2004. After hiking through a field of local fireweed wildflowers, she was introduced to a mead made from those flowers and was hooked for life. She remains in awe of the extraordinary results of fermenting what is essentially billions of bee visits to flowers and the amazing transformation of nectar into honey into mead.
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Honeygirl Meadery is participating in the Fall Fête on the Green on 10/19.