Unicorn Unchained Meadery - List of All Meads

Unicorn

Brewed in 2022:

Cara-mel

Brewed: February 5, 2022
Bottled:

Using up some old, slightly caramelized, darkened honey to make a Bochet.

Brewed in 2021:

Cy21

Brewed: October 31, 2021
Bottled: March 29, 2022

A cyser made with freshly pressed Talisman Farm apples.

Southmoor Park Special

Brewed: September 11, 2021
Bottled: June 9, 2022

Local honey from a bee-keeping neighbor on S. Bross. This is a traditional mead, meant to bring out the flora qualities in the honey. This one is very tasty.

Brewed in 2020:

Smoky Day Strawberry

Brewed: October 17, 2020
Bottled: August 14, 2021

The day we made this strawberry melomel, with rhubarb and apricots, was the day the CalWood fire started above Jamestown. It rather exploded due to very dry and windy conditions, eventually starting various other small fires along/near the west side of US 36 north of Boulder. Dick, Marcia, and I watched thick smoke plumes as we brewed. The farm was under an evacuation order from 15:40 to 20:40, but we were in the north-east corner of the evacuation zone, well away from any fires, and didn't leave.

Altostratus

Brewed: August 11, 2020
Bottled: May 15, 2021

Originally called Cloudname. After the first racking we decided that it most resembled some type of stratus cloud and was later renamed Altostratus. It a methyglyn with Angelica root and a bit of ginger root. This a 3 gallon experimental mead, by me and Dick, using Talisman farm angelica root.

POM4

Brewed: May 15, 2020
Bottled: September 24, 2020

Brewed a pomegranate melomel with Dick and Marcia at TF.

Cherry Squared

Brewed: February 21, 2020
Bottled: June 3, 2020

Brewed a cherry melomel with Dick and Marcia at TF.

Brewed in 2019:

Zingiberli

Brewed: November 21, 2019
Bottled: February 12, 2020.

Brewed a ginger methyglyn with Dick Dunn at Talisman Farm.

Currant Event

Brewed: October 27, 2019
Bottled: December 12, 2019.

A currant melomel using red, white, and black currants. This was a collaborative effort by me and Dick Dunn (Talisman Farm), brewed at the farm, with currants grown at the farm.

Brewed in 2018:

B'Ela D

Brewed: November 2, 2018

A raspberry apple melomel/cyser. Sadly, this one did not make it due to extreme neglect.

Brewed in 2017:

Straw in the Pines

Brewed: July 7, 2017
Bottled: July 6, 2018

A pineapple strawberry melomel with pureed fruit.

Brewed in 2016:

Pretty in Peach

Brewed: November 5, 2016
Bottled: September 30, 2017

A peach melomel with Morton's Orchard organic peaches. Peaches were peeled, sliced and frozen in September 2014.

Brewed in 2015:

Freezer Disaster

Brewed: March 13, 2015
Bottled: Apple Blues May 6, 2016
Bottled: Double Disaster September 7, 2016

Long time no brew. After Marcia's freezer died we were able to save some fruit. This double batch has apple juice and blueberries in one half, and pie cherries in the other half. The one with apple juice and blueberries is called Apple Blues. The other was called Very Cherry, but due to a bottling mishap it became Double Disaster. Melomel.

Brewed in 2012:

We Dunn made cyser

Brewed: October 24, 2012
Bottled: Talisman Raspberry Cyser - October 10, 2013
Bottled: We Dunn Made Cyser - December 26, 2013

Fresh apple juice from Talisman Farm went into this double batch. Some old Talisman Farm raspberries went into one batch. TRC had very good raspberry flavor at bottling time. Cyser/melomel.

Pomegranate Delight

Brewed: April 19, 2012
Bottled: September 7, 2012

This is our fourth pomegranate melomel. This time with more juice.

Through the Cracks Cider

Brewed: February 1, 2012
Bottled: March 28, 2012

After we finished bottling Just Plain we started a cider with Big B's Apple juice.

Brewed in 2011:

Just Plain/Aluneloops

Brewed: April 3, 2011
Bottled: Aluneloops - November 17, 2011
Bottled: Just Plain - February 1, 2012

It was a rainy day, trying to snow, when we brewed a double batch of traditional mead. Aluneloops has hazelnut extract.

Brewed in 2010:

Berkley Py

Brewed: December 29, 2010
Bottled: June 17, 2011

Green and purple grapes picked at Marcia's former house on Berkley St. When bottled it was sweet with good grape flavor. Melomel / Pyment

Solstice Cider

Brewed: December 24, 2010
Bottled: March 4, 2011

A cider made with Big B's Apple Juice.

Brewed in 2008:

Ginger Snap

Brewed: November 20, 2008
Bottled: October 16, 2009

This is a very simple three gallon batch, made with Big B's Ginger Apple Cooler and orange blossom honey. Melomel / Methyglyn

Brewed in 2007:

Doubly Disorganized

Brewed: October 25, 2007
Created: DD BoilBerry & DD Hippy - November 24, 2007.
Bottled: Boilberry - July 24, 2008
Bottled: Hippy - February 6, 2009

This double batch reflects a certain amount of disorganization during the initial brewing process. No errors in sanitation, but the process did take longer than it should as we had to pause to sanitize some item or other that didn't make it into the bleach tub. One batch turned into a blueberry melomel while the other became a rosehip melomel. We were going to bottle both batches, but again disorganization struck. That's what happens when you don't do this very often. Melomel / Rhodamel / Methyglyn

Brewed in 2006:

Double Equinox Eclipse

Brewed: September 23, 2006
Created: E4 Raspberry & E4 Violets - October 19, 2006
Bottled: both - April 25, 2007

A double batch made with clover honey. Added violets to one and raspberries to the other. Melomel / Methyglyn

Brewed in 2005:

Double Solstice

Brewed: December 22, 2005
Created: S Raspberry & S Prickly Cher - February 2, 2006
Bottled: Solstice Raspberry - June 8, 2006
Bottled: Solstice Prickly Cher - August 24, 2006

A double batch with Wildflower honey. Frozen raspberries in one, tuna (prickly pear apples) juice and some frozen cherries in the other. Melomel

Brewed in 2004:

Tuna Tequila

Brewed: April 22, 2004
Created: T2 - September 23, 2004
Bottled: June 23, 2005

Wildflower honey and agave nectar started this double batch. Tuna juice (fruit of the prickly pear) was added to this half. Methyglyn / Melomel

Agave at Last

Brewed: April 22, 2004
Bottled: October 13, 2005

Wildflower honey and agave nectar started this double batch. Nothing else was added to this half. Methyglyn

Brewed in 2003:

Rosy

Brewed: December 4, 2003
Bottled: Rosy - February 3, 2005

Half of a double batch, Rosy is a rhodomel with wildflower honey and rose petals.

Giniper

Brewed: December 4, 2003
Bottled: Noverber, 4, 2004

Half of a double batch, Giniper has wildflower honey and Juniper berries. Methyglyn

Twisted Pear

Brewed: August 14, 2003
Bottled: March 25, 2004

Our first perimel (with pear juice). Perimel / Melomel

Mayflower

Brewed: May 29, 2003
Bottled: November 1, 2003

Sweet woodruff flowers spice up this mead. Only the flowers, no sprigs in the this one. Methyglyn

KISSR

Brewed: March 13, 2003
Bottled: February 19, 2004

Keep It Simple Strawberry Rhubarb is made with strawberry juice and diced rhubarb. Melomel

Brewed in 2002:

Stahl's Cherry Vanilla

Brewed: October 10, 2002
Bottled: July 3, 2003

Picked up honey and frozen pie cherries from Stahl's Orchards in Paonia on the way back from Telluride. Melomel / Methyglyn

Gone to Flowers

Brewed: April 25, 2002
Bottled: February 6, 2003

Freshly picked Lilac flowers added to half of a plain mead, in progress. Lovely (March 25, 2004) Methyglyn

Pluto's Ploy

Brewed: April 25, 2002
Bottled: February 6, 2003

Started by making a plain mead, and splitting it in half. This half got a half case of RW Knudsen Pomegranate juice. Melomel

Stormy Night Violets

Brewed: April 18, 2002
Bottled: October 31, 2002

A storm was brewing in the west as we picked violets in the fading sunlight. Methyglyn

Brewed in 2001:

Peach Orange Blossom

Brewed: November 24, 2001
Bottled: September 27, 2002

A peach melomel with Orange Blossom honey. Melomel

Demeter's Daughter

Brewed: October 8, 2001
Bottled: July 11, 2002

A pomegranate melomel made with half a case of RW Knudsen Pomegranate juice. Melomel

Lavender Summer

Brewed: June 21, 2001
Bottled: April 4, 2002

Fresh lavender sprigs and blossums. Very fragrant. Happy summer solstice. Methyglyn

Gin Dandy

Brewed: April 12, 2001
Bottled: January 24, 2002

First we brewed a plain mead. Then about a month later we added dandelion petals and chopped ginger. Methyglyn

Brewed in 2000:

Tuna Winter

Brewed: December 21, 2000
Bottled: September 13, 2001

Another prickly pear mead, this time without any added spices. Tried a bottle October 2005. Very good, strong prickly pear flavor. Melomel

Raspberry

Brewed: November 9, 2000
Bottled: September 13, 2001

This raspberry melomel has Talisman Farm raspberries and an ale yeast. Slightly sweeter than many of our meads, this one was also ready to drink earlier than most. Melomel

Grapes of Wrath

Brewed: September 28, 2000
Bottled: June 7, 2001

Freshly picked green and purple grapes were juiced and frozen prior to brew time. Pymet / Melomel

Lamas Plum

Brewed: August 3, 2000
Bottled: March 8, 2001

With freshly picked, pitted plums. Melomel

May Mead

Brewed: May 11, 2000
Bottled: January 11, 2001

Another mead made with Sweet Woodruff. Once again we used sprigs with the flowers, which seems to take much longer to age than just flowers. Methyglyn

Keep It Simple Strawberry

Brewed: February 17, 2000
Bottled: December 14, 2000

Strawberries, freshly pressed and frozen. Very tasty. Melomel

Brewed in 1999:

Full Moon Solstice

Brewed: December 25, 1999
Bottled: October 5, 2000

On December 22, 1999 there was full moon on the winter solstice. This mead commemorates that event. Flavored with hazelnut essence. Methyglyn

Lou's Raspberry

Brewed: November 4, 1999
Bottled: June 29, 2000

Raspberries from Lou's freezer with some blackberries and sour pie cherries thrown in for good measure. Melomel

Black Cherberry

Brewed: October 14, 1999
Bottled: March 30, 2000

Found sour pie cherries, blueberries, and blackberries in the freezer. Melomel

Tough Tuna

Brewed: June 24, 1999
Bottled: February 10, 2000

Started by making a cardomom methyglyn, then at the first rack added the juice of pricky pear apples (tuna). Melomel / Methyglyn

Woodruff Waiting

Brewed: June 3, 1999
Bottled: January 20, 2000

Sweet woodruff. A May mead brewed in early June. Sprigs of woodruff can taste a bit woody, compared to flowers only. Methyglyn

Blue Moon Violets

Brewed: March 31, 1999
Bottled: December 2, 1999

Violets brewed on the second full moon in March. This may or may not have been a Blue Moon depending on your definition. Either way, violet meads are always good. Methyglyn

Cranberry

Brewed: March 3, 1999
Bottled: September 30, 1999

Made with mashed 'Ocean Spray' cranberries. Melomel

Brewed in 1998:

Solstice Strawberry

Brewed: December 23, 1998
Bottled: June 17, 1999

A strawberry mead, brewed on winter solstice. Melomel

Cryser

Brewed: November 12, 1998
Bottled: April 21, 1999

A cranberry and apple melomel. Melomel

Falling Cherries

Brewed: September 23, 1998
Bottled: March 17, 1999

Sour pie cherries for another cherry melomel, brewed on the fall equinox. Melomel

Snowy Day Violets

Brewed: August 13, 1998
Bottled: January 20, 1999

Violet flowers, picked in the snow. Every bit as yummy as Rainy Day Violets. Methyglyn

Brewed in 1997:

Charred Mead

Brewed: December 17, 1997
Bottled: October 28, 1998

CHerry, Almond and Rhubarb = CHArRed. Melomel

Simple Cyser

Brewed: November 13, 1997
Bottled: August 26, 1998

Apple juice and honey make a nice simple cyser. Cyser / Melomel

Peachy Keen

Brewed: October 16, 1997
Bottled: May 17, 1998

First we brewed a plain mead, and then added peach juice with some extra honey to make a peach melomel. Melomel

Jack in the Bottle

Brewed: October 2, 1997
Bottled: March 25, 1998

First we brewed a plain mead. Then when it was ready to rack we mixed up some pumpkin with pumpkin pie spices and a bit more honey. Vegemel / Methyglyn

Moon Over Millenium

Brewed: June 19, 1997
Bottled: May 20, 1998

A thyme methyglyn brewed for the millenium in 2001. Just tried one in February 2005 and now it's getting really good. Methyglyn

Dragon's Blood

Brewed: April 3, 1997
Bottled: September 11, 1997

Talisman Farm raspberries make a tasty melomel. Melomel

Jane Triplets

Brewed: February 20, 1997
Bottled: February 5, 1998

Plain Jane is a traditional mead. At bottling time we added Orange Flower Water to make Orange Jane, and Rose Flower Water to make Rose Jane. Rose Jane takes the longest to age, after five years she was just thinking about getting drinkable. Plain Jane was good after about a year in the bottle, and continues to improve. Traditional / Methyglyn

Brewed in 1996:

Dean's Memorial Mead

Brewed: November 7, 1996
Bottled: May 3, 1997

In memory of our friend Dean. Rest in Peace. Apple and choke cherry. Very tart. This one took many years to mellow out. Melomel

Jack O Lantern

Brewed: October 31, 1996
Bottled: May 3, 1997

Spiced pumpkin. Very tasty, like pumpkin pie. Note from Diane Dunn - one should not leave spices in, as they can turn bitter. Next time use whole spices in a muslin bag and remove them. This mead should age for a VERY long time. Note from Rebecca - We tried a bottle October 28, 1998. It still tasted very young, with some spice flavor, but very little pumpkin flavor. This one did take a while to age, but by 2001 the pumpkin flavor did come out and this mead became very tasty. It continues to improve with age. Vegemel / Methyglyn

Patched Mead

Brewed: October 24, 1996
Bottled: March 13, 1997

Apple, cherry and peach all patched together. Melomel

Second Cider

Brewed: October 10, 1996
Bottled: January 9, 1997

It was a good year for apples, so we made another hard apple cider. Cider

Experimental Cider

Brewed: September 21, 1996
Bottled: December 5, 1996

A basic hard apple cider. Quite good. Cider

Stone Soup

Brewed: September 19, 1996
Bottled: February 13, 1997

This tasty peach melomel got its name from watching frozen lumps of peach slush slowly melting in hot honey and water. Melomel

Cherry Good Mead

Brewed: September 12, 1996
Bottled: January 23, 1997

Sour pie cherries do make a cherry good mead. Melomel

Blue Honey

Brewed: June 27, 1996
Bottled: August 29, 1996

A blueberry melomel. It's hard to go wrong with blueberries. We really need to do another one. Melomel

Rhubox

Brewed: April 25, 1996
Bottled: December 12, 1996

This is a rhubarb melomel. After some problems with stuck fermentation (Tiger Bomb, Rainy Day Violets) we built an insulated box to put carboys in. This was the first mead to go into the box. Melomel

Brewed in 1995:

Mintaglyn

Brewed: September 28, 1995
Bottled: May 23, 1996

Lots of fresh mint. This one is a bit strange, but it is improving with age. Methyglyn

Maced Tuna Fig

Brewed: August 2, 1995
Bottled: February 22, 1996

The juice of ripe, red prickly pear apples spiced with mace. Unusual but quite tasty. Melomel / Methyglyn

Midsummer May Mead

Brewed: June 11, 1995
Bottled: January 11, 1996

Sweet woodruff flowers add a delicate flavor to this dry, sparkling mead. Marcia says, "Very subtle flavor. Very good mead." (September 1998) Rebecca says, "Clearly our best woodruff to date." (December 2004) Methyglyn

Persephone's Passion

Brewed: June 5, 1995
Bottled: October 12, 1995

A delicious pomegranate melomel. Marcia says, "Really good. Among our best so far." Thanks to R.W. Knudsen for juicing those pomegranates. Melomel

Rainy Day Violets

Brewed: May 8, 1995
Bottled: May 23, 1996

Violet flowers picked in the rain make a light, lovely mead. This is one of U2M's best meads. Too bad we only made one gallon. (Note: June 19, 1997 - Very good. Hint of violets in color and flavor.) Methyglyn

Brewed in 1994:

Tiger Bomb

Brewed: December 29, 1994
Bottled: February 1, 1996

A methyglyn made with Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea. This one turned into a lesson on stuck fermentation and glass genades. Methyglyn

Midwinter Methyglyn

Brewed: December 26, 1994
Bottled: June 8, 1995

A methyglyn made with Celestial Seasonings Harvest Spice tea. Very nice. Methyglyn

Strawberry Strike

Brewed: October 22, 1994
Bottled: April 13, 1995

We got a really good deal on strawberries. Yum. This one was quicker to age than our previous meads. Melomel

Ginger Peachy

Brewed: September 18, 1994
Bottled: March 5, 1995

Based, very loosely on Barkshack Ginger Mead in the New Joy of Homebrew by Charlie Papazian. Freshly squeezed peach juice and ginger. Ginger tends to take a while to age, peach takes a while to clear. Patience will be rewarded. Melomel / Methyglyn

Zingiberaceous Applebark

Brewed: September 17, 1994
Bottled: March 5, 1995

Based on Barkshack Ginger Mead in the New Joy of Homebrew by Charlie Papazian. When you are just starting out, you might want to start with meads that don't take so long to age. This sparkling cyser with ginger keeps improving with age. Cyser / Melomel / Methyglyn

Niwot's 'Nilla

Brewed: August 20, 1994
Bottled: January 30, 1995

Based on "Chief Niwot's Mead" in the New Joy of Homebrew by Charlie Papazian, this sparkling vanilla mead took a while to age. At five years it was just beginning to mature. At ten years it's light and dry and very tasty. Methyglyn

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