Moonlight Meadery started as the dream of hobby-homebrewer Michael Fairbrother, who was hooked on mead after experiencing cyser—an apple-based honey wine—for the very first time. Fairbrother honed his skills as an amateur meadmaker for the next 10 years until he and his partner Berniece Van Der Berg decided to turn their hobby into a business.
In 2010, Moonlight Meadery opened its doors in Londonderry, New Hampshire, and Fairbrother and Van Der Berg have since continued to share their mead obsession with the world, one bottle of carefully crafted honey wine at a time.
During the 2013 Homebrew Con in Philadelphia, Van Der Berg—Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Moonlight Meadery—shared her skill of pairing mead with chocolate. While there are similarities with the classic chocolate and red wine pairings, Van Der Berg shares her tips and tricks for creating a pairing that brings out the best in both the chocolate and honey wine.