Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery, a hidden gem in Chicago, offers flavors for everyone

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CHICAGO (TSWT) — Chicago’s food and drink scene is huge to say the least. Sometimes so many choices feel so overwhelming, but don’t worry, we’ve got you. Each week we will highlight a unique business in the Chicago area.

Today we head to the city’s Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery, a hidden gem on 91st and Hermitage, between the train tracks of Metra Rock Island and the Dan Ryan Woods trail, and right by the money makers – the bees.

“There are about 60,000 to 80,000 bees in such a good hive,” says owner Greg Fischer.

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Fischer, a wine lover and former beekeeper, turned wine to mainly mead.

‘Gobs of honey here on the property. It’s like having a hive at hand. I mean, it goes straight from the hive to our digester,” he said. “You combine honey with water and yeast, and then you ferment it with different fruits — with everything from a pomegranate to mulberries that we get straight onto the property.”

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The mead is made, produced and packaged on site at Wild Blossom. You can come and taste it yourself, or come for a group tasting.

TSWT 2’s Audrina Bigos got to taste with an expert, she sampled some sweet mead, from red honey sangria to a blueberry and PB&J, then a surprise — a mead made with chiles.

“Smoky. It has all these different flavors,” Fischer said.

In total there are about 50 co-flavors made at Wild Blossom, ranging from your dries, to candies, to ciders and everything in between.

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“Everyone asks me what my favorite mead is, and I’m like the one in my glass because it’s like I like the mead I’m drinking right now,” Fischer said.

When Wild Blossom first opened, it was the first meadery in Illinois.

Now there are five in the state, and enthusiasts think mead is the next craft revolution.

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