Capital Hive Meadery, one of the first commercial meaderies to set up shop in Loudoun County, is debuting its new onsite tasting room this weekend. The Leesburg industrial space now features a large mural on one wall, as well as casual counter for trying Capital Hive’s boozy beverages.

They will be offering 2.5-ounce and 5-ounce pours of their meads, as well as 5-ounce pours of their ciders. On this launch weekend, they plan to have a dry cider, sweetened with a touch of honey, as well as a raspberry white chocolate cheesecake mead slushy. Guests coming to try out the meads are encouraged to bring their own snacks as food is not available, although a small menu is planned for the near future. The hours this weekend and henceforth are Friday 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Images: Capital Hive Meadery

Capital Hive Meadery opened last December just before the holidays. The fermenting facility — now with tasting room — is located off Sycolin Road in Leesburg, at 960 Sycolin Road SE, Suite 115. The company’s original line-up of mead flavors included Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake, Sanguine White Chocolate Cheesecake and Blueberry Pancake Sauce.

Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water and often adding fruits, spices, grains or hops. Some fans compare them to a sweet dessert wine. Mead is considered by many to have been the world’s first alcoholic beverage dating back thousands of years in Europe, Africa and Asia.  No word if they had Blueberry Pancake Sauce mead back then.