From Bees To Bottles: A Look Inside Fargo’s First Meadery

by on Jul 13, 2015

Photos by Paul Flessland

What started as a homemade hobby in the 90s has turned into a full-fledged operation based out of South Fargo. Susan Ruud owns and operates the Prairie Rose Meadery with the help of her husband, and they have been working for the last year to get everything in place to make their products available to the public. We got the inside buzz on what mead actually is, how it’s made and why you should check it out.

The Process

Large Fermentation Tank at Meadery


Fermentation Tanks at Meadery


Bottling System at Meadery


Water and honey are added to a mixing tank that then gets transferred to a larger fermentation tank (1). Yeast and grains are then added and it ferments for three weeks before it’s put into a smaller tank (2), where any fruit or spice is added to create different flavors. It continues to ferment in the small tank for another three to four weeks before it’s filtered and bottled (3) by hand. The entire process takes about eight weeks total.

How is it different from a winery or a brewery?

“It’s mostly similar to a winery, but those are generally going to be all grape or all fruit. In breweries, you need the mashing equipment where you have to add the grains and cook it with the water and all that. We don’t need to do any of that,” explained Ruud.

Related: Get an inside look at Fargo-Moorhead’s brewing scene and see the types of beer our city has to offer.

Tales & Traditions

According to ancient tales, there’s a myth about the word “honeymoon” being derived from mead. After a couple was married, they would drink mead for the first month of marriage to supposedly ensure the birth of a son. Since mead is made of honey and a month was measured by the phases of the moon, the term “honeymoon” was coined.

Find Your Favorite Flavor

750ml Bottles
> Traditional: $22 + tax
> Ginger: $22 + tax
> Blackberry: $25 + tax
*More flavors coming soon!

Buy in Bulk
Cases on 12 bottles are available for the price of 11.
(Mix and match flavors!)

Alcohol By Volume
The average bottle of mead produced by the Prairie Rose Meadery ends up being between 11 and 14 percent alcohol.

Get The Details

Tasting Room Hours
Thursday: 5 – 10 p.m.
Friday: 5 – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m.
*Times subject to change

3101 39th St. SE. Ste. E, Fargo 

Bottle of Mead

Interior of the Prairie Rose Meadery

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