Not Your Run of the Hive Beverages

 

At the Colony, we're always seeking to push the boundaries of taste by producing the boldest and most innovative meads in the world. Using modern techniques, precise fermentation controls, and the most refined elbow grease, we produce honey-based alcoholic beverages that surprise the palate and amaze the judges. Our meads burst with flavor and glide down the throat with sophisticated, layered profiles and unparalleled smoothness. 

The best way to experience our mead is in one of our two tasting rooms. No reservations are necessary to come in and taste or purchase bottles.

 

 

The Hive

Allentown's Colony Meadery / take a tour

Th: 5-9   F: 4-8  Sat: 12-6   Sun: 12-4

Located in a former Mack Truck factory in South Allentown, our tasting room offers tasting flights, mead on draft and by the bottle, mead slushies, and regularly scheduled tours.

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Colony Meadery at the Book Shop

History and Honey

Th: 10-6   F: 10-8  Sat: 10-8Sun: 12-4

Our satellite location on Main Street in Historic Bethlehem is inside the Moravian Book Shop, the oldest continuously operating book store in the world. Come and taste some mead or locally roasted coffee (with or without mead in it!)

 

The Lineup

Our Award-Winning Meads

In our first year of competitions, we won 13 medals at the three national mead competitions, far more than any other meadery. We're not done winning.

Bridgeworks Beverage Alliance

It's good to have friends. 

We're proud to be in a hub of craft beverages. We share our building with County Seat Spirits and Hijinx Brewing Company, both crafters of excellent urban made beverages. 

 

Our Meads are Available at our Meadery Tasting Room 

Thursday 5-9 Friday 4-9 Sat 12-9 Sun 12-4

Tasting, mead by the glass,  and bottle sales are available any time we're open; just walk on in!

Tours can be reserved below.

 

 
 

Use the code MEAD for a discount!

One award-winning honeymaster
 One startup-loving craft beer writer
One old Mack Truck factory

Greg is the Biggie fan. Mike is the one almost smiling.

Greg is the Biggie fan. Mike is the one almost smiling.

Like a lot of stories, The Colony Meadery’s started with a return home.

Well, of course it didn’t really start there. Who can say where a story starts? In this case, it might have started when Greg and his college roommate first decided to make a batch of mead in 2004; or when Mike’s first batch of mead won medals in 2008; or with an art show that inspired Greg to write about craft beer; or when Mike won best in show at Valhalla and got to pro-am a batch at Moonlight Meadery; or a million other moments.

 

But whatever else The Colony Meadery is, it’s a partnership, and that started when co-founder-to-be Greg Heller-LaBelle moved back to his childhood home of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and revived the Lehigh Valley Beer Society. LVBS was a hifalutin name for a group of about a dozen local beer lovers. The August tasting every year was a little special; everyone was encouraged to raid the cellar and bring something dusty out. The cellar of the LVBS’s newest member, however, had run dry, and - not wanting to be that guy who brings homebrew to a beer tasting - Mike Manning decided to bring some of his homemade mead.

Greg asked if Mike had ever considered becoming a professional meadmaker; Mike said no. That might have been the end of it, but Greg was a longtime beer blogger who had paid too much attention to the craft beverage industry not to see an opportunity, and had spent too much time in the startup world to ignore an opportunity when he saw it.

Three months later, they shook hands over a draft of a business plan.
The Colony Meadery started selling in late 2013, with a focus on clean finishes and bold flavor profiles. 

 

We've come a long way in a short time, thanks to good buzz and tireless drones.

 
 
Our first tasting room

Our first tasting room

Our tasting room now

Our tasting room now

We were the most decorated meadery in the country during our first year of competitions, winning 13 medals across the three national mead contests, including five at the largest, Mazer Cup International.

We were the most decorated meadery in the country during our first year of competitions, winning 13 medals across the three national mead contests, including five at the largest, Mazer Cup International.

 
Diz, gazing into the future of mead. Or possibly at a squirrel.

Diz, gazing into the future of mead. Or possibly at a squirrel.

Our production room now

Our production room now

Our initial prouction room

Our initial prouction room

 

We are a fast-growing company almost always looking for more worker bees to join the Colony.

Requirements include:

  • 18-year-old humanoid
  • Interest in craft beverage
  • Legal to work in the US
  • Being able to lift 50 lbs and stand for 8 hours if necessary

If you're strange enough to work with us, fill out the form below. And, please: don't try to be normal.

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