Who is Hive and Barrel Meadery?
Hive and Barrel Meadery is actually a Team of Four owners.
Chris Brian and Lacie Monno come to Hive and Barrel as owners with a TON of business experience and acumen from their other ventures, including Six Row Events. They are both successful business persons in their own right, and they bring that teamwork to Hive and Barrel, along with their enthusiasm for mead.
Joel Halbleib comes to Hive and Barrel as an owner/operator, and is better known to many as the face of Goodwood Brewing here in Louisville, KY where is COO/Brewmaster. Joel has a long history of brewing beer at both the homebrew and commercial levels, and brings a wealth of knowledge in brewing technology, hardware, and industry to the table.
Mike Pemberton comes to Hive and Barrel as Head Meadmaker, and is the former VP of the LAGERS (Louisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society) Homebrew Club. Mike has been a homebrewer for going on 10 years, and for the past 7 years he has been primarily focused on mead and cider production. Mike is the Meadmaker/Cidermaker of the Year at the 2017 Kentucky State Fair, as well as the 2017 winner of the St. Andrews Award. He has also taken medals at the Indiana State Fair, and several other nation-wide mead competitions. Mike is one of only two BJCP Certified Mead Judges in the State of Kentucky.