9-1-20 Tonight on Gotmead Live at 9PM ET, we’re on with Susan Ruud, owner of Prairie Rose Meadery in Fargo, ND. And Kevin Meintsma will be joining us as a guest host!

Susan has been making mead for more than 20 years at home, and won her share of competitions. Susan saw the mead industry picking up speed, and thought that opening a meadery would be a great way to enjoy her ‘retirement’, and opened Prairie Rose in 2015. Unfortunately, COVID has slowed down her plan to go full time with Prairie Rose. The meadery is located smack in the middle of Fargo, and has a sweet tap room with couches for lounging and a gorgeous bar. She named the meadery Prairie Rose after the state flower of North Dakota.

Susan is a long time board member with the Brewers Association, a BJCP mead and beer judge, and currently is on the board of the American Mead Makers Association.

Susan is a Research Specialist  in Agricultural Research at North Dakota State University and has a Masters in Microbiology, which serves her well in her meadmaking efforts. She is married to Bob, and they have two children, four grandchildren with another on the way, a cat, two dogs and a bunny.

We’ll be talking on mead (of course), particularly spiced mead, as well as what it’s been like running a meadery during COVID.

Come on in and have a listen!

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Coming up:
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Upcoming Events
  • Sept 5 – Bos Meadery – Madison, WI – Leafy Greens, live music
  • Sept 17-19 – Valkyries Horn Mead Competiton – registration until Aug 22.
    The one and only KEN SCHRAMM will judge the GOLD medal winners from the Valkyries Horn Mead Competition to determine the Best Of Show!
    He’s consented to do a virtual tour of his meadery, film his commentary for the top 5 meads, provide a Q&A session after the awards ceremony, AND do a virtual tasting walkthrough of ‘The Statement’ (you might want to order one to follow along)!
    Join them at 7pm on Saturday September 19th for the awards ceremony to see the BOS mead revealed by Ken.
    Submit your questions to info@valkyrieshorn.com and see if Ken will answer your questions.
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