The Colony Meadery Wins Four First Place Prizes at Mead Free or Die International Competition

Lehigh Valley meadery took first place in four out of five categories entered

May 2, 2016: Londonderry, New Hampshire – The Colony Meadery, the Lehigh Valley’s award-winning producer of fermented honey, won first place in four categories at the 2016 Mead Free or Die competition held April 30.

The Colony Meadery entered in five different categories, taking home first place in the following:

  • 1st place Semi-Sweet Traditional Mead: Straight, No Chaser
  • 1st place Melomel: Wu Tang Cran’
  • 1st place Spice, Herb or Vegetable: Beso Exotico
  • 1st place Experimental: Mo-Mead-o

Mead Free or Die is now an international mead only competition for both amateurs and professional mead makers. Both competitions are registered with the Beer Judge Certification Program and are judged using the 2015 BJCP style guidelines. The competition featured 169 amateur competition entries and 71 in the professional competition.

“The competition at Mead Free or Die is some of the best anywhere,” said Mike Manning, Cofounder and Mead Maker of The Colony Meadery. “We’re honored to have done so well and congratulate all of the competition’s winners.”

The first place finishes bring The Colony Meadery’s total medal count since 2014 to 23.

“We entered in five categories,” said Greg Heller-LaBelle, Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of The Colony Meadery, “So, to take first place in 80 percent of the categories that we entered is a great achievement we’re very proud of.”

The wins at Mead Free or Die come just one week after The Colony Meadery announced the availability of online ordering via their website.

Customers interested in ordering The Colony Meadery mead can visit and click on the “Get Some” section or head to

Currently, The Colony Meadery has 15 varieties of mead available for online purchase in bottles or cases.

The Colony Meadery is located at the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center in Allentown, the manufacturing business incubation program of Allentown Economic Development Corporation (AEDC). It also has a location at The Moravian Book Shop in downtown Bethlehem called The Colony Meadery at the Book Shop.


About The Colony Meadery

The Colony Meadery’s mission is to produce the boldest and most innovative meads in the world. We use experimental batches, modern methodology, and precise control of fermentation to create meads that are distinct and varied. We believe in uncompromising quality, flavor and craftsmanship. We are members of both the Brewers Association and the American Mead Makers Association.

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About the Allentown Economic Development Corporation

AEDC is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to a mission of identifying, encouraging, developing and managing strategic business opportunities for the benefit of Allentown, its citizens, and the Lehigh Valley. Its goal is to improve vacant and underutilized properties by assisting manufacturers, business owners and entrepreneurs in obtaining the resources and opportunities they require for success in the City of Allentown. AEDC offers access to financing and incentives, assistance with brownfield remediation, and support for growing businesses within the City.


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Greg Heller-Labelle

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