What you'll do
Are you a foodie, wine, beer or cider lover? Or a mead newbie? Looking for a great gift? ☺ Mead can be sweet, dry, still, carbonated, or sparkling like Champaign. But just what is mead? The answer lies within the humble honeybee—as her sweet “honey wine” has been crafted for nearly 10,000 years. As a beekeeper, I’ll let you in on her secret! First, we’ll explore the art of mead making and the various tools. Enjoy a local honey tasting paired with seasonal fruit; exploring which honey blends best with your favorite fruit(s). Taste a variety of dry to sweet meads, determining what type you’d like your custom mead to be. We’ll discuss bees, while you press your finger into some honeycomb and taste the freshest honey you've ever had... yum! Now it’s time for aprons and gloves… to make your first mead! ☺ We’ll go step-by-step, and you’ll learn everything you need to know to make great tasting mead. Finally, we’ll gather in our pollinator-friendly garden (weather permitting during March-Oct) to observe “the girls” in the PurrFect Honey Apiary. Great chance to use slow-mo video to capture their funny home arrivals. You’ll take home your own custom mead and kit (with glass carboy, lid, bung, airlock and handout). Bring a friend, your spouse, or a date! Guaranteed to be fun, educational, and with lots of great photo opps to boot. Come learn what all the buzz is about.
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Alison & Hobbes
I'm a native Californian who loves teaching backyard beekeeping at the The PurrFect Honey Apiary. I give talks on "Beekeeping Like a Girl" and "Pretty Pollinator Gardens." I also love giving “Be A Beekeeper” tours - another fun Airbnb Experience! My goal is to promote beekeeping, as well as be an advocate for the well being of bees. BOOKING TIP: Need a specific time to accommodate travel or family? Maybe a class shows sold-out? Just send your inquiry with your request :)
All Ingredients (honey, yeast, water, etc) and Custom Take Home Kit (glass carboy, lid, bung stopper, airlock and handout).
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Where you'll be
We'll begin by making mead inside in a private beekeeper's kitchen. We'll finish by visiting The PurrFect Honey Apiary (weather permitting during March-Oct), which is located in a pollinator-friendly garden, nestled in the hub of Silicon Valley. Our tranquil backyard is an ideal launch pad for our bees to get out and pollinate our surrounding parks and gardens. Our fun hives include: Buzzingham Palace, The Sweet Honey B&B, Bumble & Bumble, etc).
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend. This is not an activity for anyone allergic to honey. BOOKING TIP: Need a specific time to accommodate travel or family? Maybe a class shows sold-out? Just send your inquiry with your request :)
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
Please wear light colored clothing and closed shoes. Blue jeans are ok. No heavy perfumes, colognes, or banana scents. Bring a water bottle. We may have to reschedule visiting "the girls"outside if there's rain or wind.
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