The Need For Mead

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Rick Harris calls it the “oldest alcoholic beverage known to man.” He is taking his basement business to a new level.

The East Moline man is a mead maker, using fermented honey to make the traditional beverage. It’s like wine, without the grapes.

Now, he’s bringing his business to East Second Street in downtown Davenport where he plans to open a meadery. It’s being built in a former plumbing business.

Harris is investing thousands of dollars to open Bootleg Hill Honey Meads. It’s a work in progress. The tanks are custom made in Germany. A copper top bar, bright lights, and the new sign are also included in this “mead makeover.”

Harris has been running his business from the basement of his East Moline house. The home was built by a bootlegger, decades ago. Thus the name “Bootleg Hill”.

Rick received a sixty thousand dollar loan from the City of Davenport. Move in day could be sometime in September.

Harris hopes his business will be a destination point, especially for people coming from out of town. Patrons who are determined to satisfy their “need for mead.”