Would You Drink Beet Wine? Experiencing Laramie’s Meadery
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I’ve had fruit wine but never a beet wine. One of the joys of traveling (to me) is experiencing things interesting and new. And this weekend in Laramie, WY, the latest was beet wine of all things.
Not wine with beet juice added, but rather beets fermented and aged in a wine style. It was interesting. It tasted like beets, but not beet juice. It had a lovely ruby color. I had two glasses, intrigued the whole time. Not sure I’ll ever need or want to drink it again, but it was awesome to try. 🙂 I think I still prefer the pomegranate wine made in Alaska…
Apparently beet wine is how The Great Untamed got its start. As a college student the owner/winemaker’s mom sent him back to school with a ton of beets. And making alcohol of the excess beets seemed the logical choice. It was enough of a success that he continued, eventually starting his own business.
The Great Untamed also offers more traditional options, including a variety of interesting and seasonal meads, such as Basil Mint and Cranberry, as well as fruit wines from peach to strawberry to rhubarb.
I didn’t have time this trip to do a tasting, but highly recommend it as a fun stop in Laramie’s charming downtown. For the beer inclined, definitely check out Altitude Chophouse and Brewery for their rotating selections a few blocks on away on Second St, followed by Coal Creek Tap on Grand Ave.
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