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8750 West Coast Road, Sooke
Tel: 250.642.1956

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unique2How weather affects honey and the taste of new vintages.

Did you know that each vintage of honey is unique?  Every year the bees can forage in exactly the same area and yet, depending on what the weather does, they will forage more our less on certain flowers.  The outcome of this determines the taste of the nectar that is ultimately turned into honey by the bees.  As a mead maker I find this fascinating.  This season you will notice that our Kilt Twister and Solstice Meads have a unique finish; spicier with a hint of almonds due to a change in weather. This is a great opportunity to retaste your favorite meads as they are slightly different from previous vintages this season.  

For a limited time, we have a Solstice Giftpack available in our tasting room should you want to compare two vintages side by side.  You can taste the Kilt Twister on tap at Sooke Brewing or try a bottle from our tasting room or retailers.  Come visit our tasting room starting February 2nd to see for yourself.

Meadmaker, Bob Liptrot

dandelionbeeSpare dandelions to feed the bees

Before you mow your dandelions, consider how food options for pollinators are scarce this time of year. Those sunny little flowers are a very important source of pollen for bees in the spring. Dandelion pollen is nutritious and the nectar is abundant - it gives bees a huge boost and adds to the health and wellbeing of the hive. So a very simple, easy way to help honey bees thrive is to refrain from killing the dandelions in your lawn. Plus, they’re actually quite pretty!

pairingPairing Tugwell Creek’s Meads

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Many people struggle with how to pair meads with foods. In our case, this is easy. Our meads are more wine like and tend to be on the dryer side. Most popular with the holiday meal are either Melomel or Metheglin.

MELOMEL is a fruit meads and pair well with spicy foods, seafood, poultry, and cream pasta. Our HARVEST MELOMEL is a berry fruit mead with a crisp acidity that makes it excellent with many foods. It is difficult to pair most fruit meads with red meat and tomato but we have created our KICKASS CURRANT MELOMEL to go with these foods. It gets paired with smoked meats and cheeses as well by many restaurants.

METHEGLIN is a straight honey mead with spice or herbs. Ours is made with ginger and spice. It pairs well with the whole festive turkey meal at holidays but is surprisingly versatile. It is excellent with spicy foods because there is enough sweetness to hold up to the spice. The ginger makes it a nice pairing for salmon and other seafoods. It is one of the few beverages that is nice with either sweet or spicy curries.

SAC MEAD or sweet mead is very good with dessert . Our VINTAGE SAC is a sweet mead that pairs especially well with creamy desserts but is also excellent with fruit and chocolate based deserts. It is fortified and is therefore somewhat similar to a white port.

ACERGLYN We have produced a very small batch of 12 year old Acerglyn for christmas 2011. This is only available at our tasting room but we should still cover pairing it! This style of Acerglyn is to be enjoyed after a meal just as you might enjoy a scotch or cognac. It is complex, sweet, and might make you contemplate its history!

    • Location & Hours

      Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery
      8750 West Coast Road Sooke, BC V9Z 1H2
      Tel: (250) 642-1956
      Email: [email protected]

      Tasting Room Hours of Operation
      Wednesday to Sunday 12-5pm starting May 2nd.

      May to September 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday
      October to April 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday
      *closed January and all civic holidays.

      Trade Contact
      Regional Agent Lower Mainland, Whistler & Sunshine Coast
      Richard Massey: [email protected]
      Tel: 604-454-4046

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