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Charm City Meadworks was born out of a love of adventure and learning. Co-owner, James Boicourt, began keeping bees in college. After taking graduate-level entomology classes, and through the excess of honey, he started to translate his home brewing hobby into the amateur crafting of honey-based spirits and beverages. (Could he “bee” any more ingenious?! Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

After college, his love for all things aquatic led him to a job at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where he met fellow brew enthusiast and future co-owner, Andrew Geffken. As they dreamed and schemed of investing in a new business, mead grew from an annual Viking party (that was the talk of the town) to a full-fledged business, in an attempt to show the world that the oldest alcoholic beverage in history is still relevant, and more importantly, still just as delicious. (You better “bee”-lieve it. Okay, we’re stopping now.)

Abandoning the big paychecks of their steady engineering and sustainability jobs to work a lot more for a lot less, but having a great time doing it, James and Andrew launched Baltimore City’s only meadery in early 2014. Housed in an otherwise industrial area in Curtis Bay, the modest Charm City Meadworks is a deceptively small operation (given the prominence of their mead around town) in what can only be described as a garage, but in a charming, hanging-out-with-your-buddies kind of way. Inside, you’ll find a small tasting table with the friendliest of regulars and volunteer pourers with draft and bottle varieties of meads that are available for tastings, by-the-glass-pours and purchases. Join us as we settle in on stools aside the 300-gallon fermenters to taste test our way through both their draft and bottled varieties, and discover why Charm City and the nectar of the gods are a match made in heaven.


400 E Biddle St
Baltimore, MD 21202


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