Thirsty Bee Meadery to open in Tomball, offer honey wine

BZ Honey owners Kelly and Matthew Brantley will open Thirsty Bee Meadery on Commerce Street in January. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
BZ Honey owners Kelly and Matthew Brantley will open Thirsty Bee Meadery on Commerce Street in January. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

BZ Honey owners Kelly and Matthew Brantley will open Thirsty Bee Meadery on Commerce Street in January. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Kelly and Matt Brantley will open Thirsty Bee Meadery in early January at 108 Commerce St., Tomball, Kelly said. The Brantleys, who also own BZ Honey in Tomball, will offer two different kinds of mead, also called "honey wine," Matthew said: traditional mead, with an alcohol content of about 11-12%, will be bottled like wine; and draft meads with lower alcohol content will also be served. Mead is made from fermenting local BZ Honey and water and is touted as the oldest alcoholic beverage, Matthew said. He said some meads will also feature various fruits or spices.

The couple said they believe Thirsty Bee Meadery will be the 13th meadery in Texas. In addition to tastings and mead-to-go, Thirsty Bee will also have a small selection of BZ Honey and items made from local beeswax available for sale.


Matthew said he has been homebrewing since the 1990s.

"We just wanted to grow our honey business and continue the work we've been doing in Tomball, and this is a fun way to take our business to the next level and give people an exciting new product that, you know, you can't easily come by," Kelly said. "It's super popular at the [Texas] Renaissance Festival, but why not be able to have it all year 'round?"

BZ Honey will remain open on East Main Street, she said. www.thirstybeemeadery.com
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By Anna Lotz

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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