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This mead's 'got a punch’

Norse history inspires man’s brew

Peter Voelker produces mead in his workshop in Duanesburg. His mead is made with local raw wildflower honey from Schoharie and contains 15% alcohol as opposed to the traditional 12%.
Peter Voelker produces mead in his workshop in Duanesburg. His mead is made with local raw wildflower honey from Schoharie and contains 15% alcohol as opposed to the traditional 12%.
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For most people, the Vikings are ancient history. For Duanesburg resident Peter Voelker, they’re an inspiration. While reading Norse history and mythology, Voelker decided to try making mead — a honey wine mentioned in the works of philosophers such as Aristotle, the epic poem “Beowulf” and stories about the Vikings’ voyages, battles and eventual migration to Iceland. “I’d never had mead before,” recalled Voelker. “And, no, what I made wasn’t good. But I thought, ‘What ...


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