We source local fruits, flowers and herbs from small North Carolina farms. We hand select the best honey from local apiaries and from around the world to make our meads.
Each mead is hand-crafted with care, and hand bottled, one bottle at a time.
Our meads are layered with flavor and nuance, using modern fermentation techniques. We carefully source our ingredients to create delicious flavor combinations that express the natural world. Each mead is hand-crafted with care, and hand bottled, one bottle at a time.
Honeygirl Meadery is a woman-owned, LGBTQ-owned small business located in downtown Durham. Our small team works hard to craft our meads and create a special experience for all to enjoy the unique expression of terroir that comes from fermenting with honey.
About Our Founder
I became interested in mead in 2004 while visiting my sister, who introduced me to mead at Ring of Fire Meadery. There I tasted a mead made with the honey from the local fireweed flower. We had been out hiking through a gorgeous field of fireweed flowers that morning, and then there we were, drinking it that afternoon. The connection was very powerful, and the experience really stuck with me.
We had been out hiking through a gorgeous field of fireweed flowers that morning, and then there we were, drinking it that afternoon.
I was home brewing in Durham at the time, and always invited a group of friends to come hang out and help out with the making, bottling, and of course, drinking. After the Alaska experience we made lots of mead. And everyone really liked it. True, when you give your friends alcohol, they usually really like it. So when my hibiscus lemonthyme mead won a ribbon at the 2012 NC State Fair Wine Competition, it was enough external validation to tip the balance, and the seeds of Honeygirl Meadery were planted.
Owner & Head Meadmaker
About Our Team
Allie Miele Nelson
To make great experiences for all our guests
To create high quality, hand-made meads from simple ingredients
To promote and support beekeeping and honeybees
To improve the bees’ natural habitats with more pollinator gardens
To honor and elevate the traditional domestic arts that are the basis of the sustainability movement… using what is available wisely and creatively.