Having recently moved from its Chepstow site to Caldicot, brothers Kit and Matt Newell use locally sourced honey, water and yeast to create a modern take on a drink which has been made for centuries.

In nine months, Wye Valley Meadery has gone from what was an empty shell of an industrial unit to opening its very own taproom last weekend.

An alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, mead can also contain a blend of fruits, spices, grains and hops.

Its alcoholic content ranges from 3.5% to more than 18% ABV, and it can be still, carbonated or naturally sparkling.

Having been vacant for more than 10 years, the meadery's new building previously used to house Monmouthshire's museum artefacts.

It serves as an ideal space to open the brothers' latest venture.

Speaking after the launch, Kit said: "It was fantastic to finally have people in here enjoying a pint of sparkling mead after all the work we've done to get ready.

"We've been spending all of our available time and energy (and money) to turn it into a place where we can produce and also enjoy our drinks.

"The launch was a success, we had an almost full house and some wonderful feedback on our newly launched drinks (a hazy pollen pale ale and a sour cherry sparkling mead).

The meadery is now planning on opening the taproom on Fridays from 2pm to 9pm and Saturdays from 3pm to 10pm.

It also intends to host a range of events comedy nights and live music to board game evenings.

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