Scott’s Addition just added to its buzz.
Husband-and-wife team Bill Cavender and Jayne Heffner opened Black Heath Meadery at 1313 Altamont Ave. on Wednesday.
From its new 2,000-square-foot home, Black Heath manufactures and sells bottled mead, a wine-like drink made from fermented honey.
Black Heath has two kinds of mead for sale: 750-milliliter bottles of traditional mead for $16 and 375-milliliter bottles of barrel-aged mead for $14. On-site consumption isn’t allowed, but curious patrons can sample Black Heath mead before they buy a bottle.
“It’s important for people to know we’re only doing bottle sales,” Cavender said. “We’re bringing something that’s very new and different.”
Scott’s Addition has at least one other new alcoholic beverage maker on the way. Buskey Cider plans to open fall 2015 at 2910 W. Leigh St. And the industrial neighborhood is already home to beer makers Ardent Craft Ales and Isley Brewing Co. Cavender said it cost about $75,000 to get Black Heath open. He and Heffner financed it themselves and with an SBA loan.
Cavender said Black Heath will eventually be available in restaurants and local bottle shops.
“We are in currently in process with Virginia ABC to get set up with Virginia Wine Distribution Association to distribute off-site,” he said. “I’m hoping by April we’ll have distribution set-up.”