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Colchester mead makers brew up a little magic

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It was once the drink of Vikings.  Centuries later, Ricky and Kelly Klein are bringing the beverage back.

Welcome to Groennfell Meadery in Colchester. "Where as Vermont is old French for the Green Mountains, Groennfell is old Norse for the same thing," Rick Klein said.

The husband and wife duo started brewing the gluten-free mead in April.

Reporter Gina Bullard: What is mead?

Rick Klein: Mead is honey, water, yeast and a little bit of magic... Our two products are 5-percent alcohol -- very refreshing and easy to drink.

Reporter Gina Bullard: So is it more like wine or beer?

Rick Klein: Closest thing is a cider for what we make.

"I remember the first glass I pulled off the tap and I was like this, this is what mead is supposed to be. This what Vikings would have wanted. It was everything that was mead -- all in one glass," said Kelly Klein.

The Delaware couple met at Middlebury College and say they knew they wanted to start a business and raise children in Vermont. A home brewing hobby turned into a business.

One batch of mead is made with 930-pounds of honey -- which makes about 10-thousand bottles.

Reporter Gina Bullard: Where's your honey from?

Rick Klein: Up the road in Ontario.

Reporter Gina Bullard: Why not Vermont?

Rick Klein: Vermont doesn't make another honey for us.

The Klein's say there are 150 meaderies around the U.S. producing mead in wine size bottles -- which can get expensive. They hope Groennfell can quench more casual drinkers thirsts. "We saw the opportunity to be the first everyday mead," Ricky said.

By producing in larger quantities, they hope to be able to sell four packs for $10. "Selling our product isn't hard work because we love it and that's not selling, it's sharing," Kelly said.

Bringing back an old beverage from the Vikings, now Vermonters are toasting this Made in Vermont drink.

You can purchase Groennfell Mead at its Colchester meadery -- and in a few weeks you will be seeing it on store shelves around the state.

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