FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT MERIDIAN HIVE PRODUCTS:
In 2013, Meridian Hive was founded as Austin’s first modern meadery, with the idea to do things slightly differently than other traditional meaderies and honey mead brands across the country.
We took the idea of traditional fermented honey drinks (honey wine, honey beer, honey mead – whatever you may call them) and made them modern by creating unique, flavorful, low-ABV carbonated honey beverages.
This new concept took the old-school mead product which has a small but loyal fan base and turned it into a drinkable beverage for everyone to enjoy on any occasion.
Like nothing you’ve had before… All of our drinks are crisp, easy to drink, and a lil' fizzy, made with PURE HONEY and REAL FRUIT.
They are not overly sweet so you can enjoy them over time. Still not convinced?
Read some of our product reviews here.
We only use pure juice concentrates in our products. These concentrates are not extracts, or 'flavored' juice but are pure juice concentrates, made from 100% pure fruit, only the water from the fruit is evaporated
It is all natural, no added sugar, and no preservative or other additives.
Yes. All our honey alcohol products are Gluten-Free.
Honey raw & unprocessed is Paleo - our products can be included in a paleo diet as the fermentation process is a naturally occurring process that can occur in the wild. The basic concept of the paleo diet is to eat whole foods and avoid processed foods.
Pretty much all fruits are GF and Paleo-Friendly, including but not limited to; Peach, Blackberries, Lemons, Grapefruit, Cherries
The gluten in most beers comes from grains that are used in the brewing process such as barley, wheat, and rye. Hops are actually the female flower clusters of a vine and not a grain. They are therefore Gluten-Free and Paleo-Friendly.
Spices come from plants (root, bark, seed, fruit) and are Paleo-Friendly. Ginger is technically a vegetable and also on the good list.
No. Under the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC), Meridian Hive classifies as a winery and prohibits us from using any malt or grain of any kind. Therefore, our products are neither beer, nor honey beer.
No. Although we are allowed to use apples in our product, and in our early days, we did make cider.
No. But our Skinny Bee products are similar to a seltzer in that they are low-calorie, low-carb and low-alcohol.
The majority of Seltzers start with an alcohol base of fermented white sugar. Whereas we ferment pure orange blossom honey for the base alcohol for all our products.
Our products are 'Better For You'; we use only pure honey, real fruits and botanicals and avoid using "Natural Flavors" and artificial sweeteners.
Skinny Bee stands out from the pack of light beer offerings and hard seltzers. It only has 100 calories per 12oz can yet does so without using artificial flavors or sweeteners. It’s still big on flavor but contains only 2g of sugar.
No. All our drinks are made from PURE HONEY and REAL FRUIT. No additional or processed sugars and artificial flavors needed.
We are not kosher certified.
No, as honey is considered a non-vegan product. Bees are animals (fun fact: all insects are part of the animal kingdom), and honey is made by bees.
Our Meridian Hive Original products as well as our Skinny Bee products do not contain any peanut or tree nuts.
CHERRY, our Fall Seasonal Release, is made with a small amount of almond extract.
All our production equipment is cleaned and sanitized according to the FDA’s standard cleaning and sanitation regime. However, this simply ensures safe and sanitary conditions to produce our products.
If the nut allergy is mild, we suggest a simple test with your allergist’s supervision with any of our products, except Cherry.
Yes, we use Potassium Metabisulfite for freshness.
We made the decision in favor of beverage cans very consciously, as it offers an optimal ratio of environmental compatibility and benefit for the consumer. Cans are light, compact, stacked easily and can be cooled in an energy-saving way. This is also the only packaging that is absolutely impermeable to light and oxygen for our products to retain its excellent quality.
In addition, aluminum cans can be completely and infinitely recycled without any loss of quality. And they are far lower emission than heavy glass bottles in transport across the US.
Yes! And we hope you do. Our cans are aluminum and easily recyclable.
It's simple, we use premium, all-natural ingredients from our Honey to our Fruits and Botanicals, nothing is fake.
Seltzers use alcohol from processed refined sugar and artificial 'pump' flavoring, to deliver cheap alcohol.
ABOUT MERIDIAN HIVE:
We are proud to be born and raised in Austin, Texas. Our production facility is located at: 8120 Exchange Drive, Suite 400, Austin 78754.
Unfortunately due to COVID and our Production expansion, we have decided to close our Tap Room for tours and tastings. You can still order our products online or use our store locator to find some Meridian Hive near you!
Our business hours are Mon-Fri 9-4pm by appointment only. Please call 877.632.3915 or email email@example.com
No, we no longer offer curbside pickup. But you can order online on our website easier than ever!
Founded in 2013 by Mike Simmons and Eric Lowe. They used their expertise in brewing to create a unique set of craft honey alcohol beverages that appealed to those looking for a light and tasty non-beer option.
In 2015, they asked longtime friend and colleague Cayce Rivers to lead the company. Meridian Hive has since become the leader in craft honey alcoholic beverages.
No, but we partner directly with an amazing apiary to guarantee our honey quality, consistency and bee health. Our honey provider in Mexico sources their honey ethically and sustainably. Our beverages are made from real honey, from real hives, made by real honeybees, in a real-life apiary.
We also have partnered and support local Texas and Austin honey companies (Bee Friendly Austin) and national bee health institutions (American Beekeeping Federation) and charities and to drive awareness and share information to as many people as possible. To learn more about our ‘Bee Conscious™' campaign, click here.
Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately due to COVID and our Production expansion, Meridian Hive has decided to no longer offer tours. Our tasting room has been closed and re-purposed for product packaging.
Unfortunately due to COVID and our Production expansion, Meridian Hive has decided to close the facility to tours and tastings. We are offering customers who have purchased and not redeemed a Groupon voucher, a full refund. Please contact us at email@example.com with the following information and we will arrange a refund through Groupon.
Your Full Name
Date of Voucher Purchase
We are a growing company and are often looking for great people to join our team. Keep an eye on our Indeed.com page for active job listings.
FIND MERIDIAN HIVE PRODUCTS:
Our products are available in all major cities in Texas. We distribute across 7 states (AZ, CO, MI, NY, TN, GA, FL) and deliver to your door via our online platform to 37 states across the US.
So that you don’t have to go through unnecessary trouble, go to your search engine of choice and start searching “Where do I find honey wine near me” or “Where can I find mead near me” or "Where can I buy mead near me".
We have added a ‘Finder’ on our website where you can enter your place of residence and then see at a glance whether a store near you carries our products. Please note that right now, we can’t say in detail which varieties are actually on the shelf there or at what price. Prices and stock can vary among our partners!
Yes! You must be at least 21 years of age to order alcohol and a signature of someone at least 21 years of age is required upon delivery. See the states we ship to here.
Not yet! But we hope to one day.
As a manufacturer, we have no influence on the prices in the individual markets and trading partners because we are not allowed to dictate the prices to the individual dealers. Promotional prices or other price adjustments are set by each retailer themselves. Therefore, we do not have an overview of the current offers in the various regions. We do have some influence on which flavors are ordered by the retailer and are on the shelf on site.
Yes, we offer our customers one-way kegs for purchase, fill out the keg order page and we'll be in touch.
MERIDIAN HIVE CAUSES:
Bee Conscious™ is part of the solution to the ongoing bee health problem. We are developing partnerships with leading local (Bee Friendly Austin) and national bee health institutions (American Beekeeping Federation) and charities and to drive awareness and share information to as many people as possible. We continue to contribute through:
• Educating the public and our fans through shared media and event participation
• Creating Partnerships with like-minded institutions and companies and volunteering our time as a team
• Supporting local and national charities that promote bee health. DON’T JUST LIVE! BEE CONSCIOUS™
Life without bees, why should we care? There are over 4,000 species of wild bees in North America, most of those bees are pollinators, which means they help plants to reproduce. These plants are the fruits and the veggies we eat every day. From apples to strawberries, from coffee to chocolate, from almonds to tomatoes. All those plants need the bees to do their thing.
Check out more information on our Colony Collapse Disorder blog post here.