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Brian Schlueter and the wall of mead at Moonstruck Meadery. "It's kind of world recognition," Schlueter, president of Moonstruck, said of the meadery's three recent competition medals.(ADAM KLINKER/WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE)


Bellevue's Moonstruck Meadery wins 3 awards in Argentine wine competition
By Cara Pesek / World-Herald staff writer


Bellevue's Moonstruck Meadery took home three awards during a recent wine competition in Argentina.

The Meadery's Capsumel, a pepper mead, was the only American-made wine or mead to receive a double-gold medal at Vinus 2013, one of many annual international wine competitions. The meadery's strawberry and blackberry meads won gold and silver medals respectively.

"It's kind of world recognition," said Brian Schlueter, president of Moonstruck Meadery.

Schlueter founded Moonstruck in 2011. Not long before, Schlueter, who had been brewing both beer and mead at home for more than 20 years, took 10 gallons of homemade mead to a beer festival. It was gone so quickly that he decided to start selling the stuff.

Schlueter believes that mead, which is made from fermented honey, might be the next big thing as far as craft beverages go.

Until recently, his space at 2221 Madison St. housed both his production facility and tasting room; three months ago, he moved production to another building down the street.

He's also working on making carbonated mead, which will be on tap later this fall in several local bars and restaurants. And later this month, several Moonstruck meads will take part in another competition, this one in Kiev, Ukraine.

"We're trying to do kind of a world tour," he said.

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Cara writes about nightlife -- bars, clubs, karaoke, and other places people go to have a good time -- as well as fashion, pop culture and trends.


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