Indiana mead makes its way to Ohio 

New Day is making big moves in its eleventh year

click to enlarge New Day's Shelby Blue Ribbon strawberry rhubarb mead
  • New Day's Shelby Blue Ribbon strawberry rhubarb mead
New Day Craft Mead and Cider – as part of its 11th Anniversary expansion plans – has launched distribution in nearly 100 locations throughout in Ohio, in addition to its long-standing statewide presence in Indiana, according to a news release from Cavalier Distributing.

“We’re entering the Ohio markets with our five year-round meads and hard ciders,” confirmed New Day co-owner Tia Agnew, in an email. “The Gold Rush is only available on tap at our Fountain Square tasting room, and not available in distribution.”

The varieties available in Ohio include three craft meads: Washington’s Folly – tart cherry mead; ReThinker – dry hopped blueberry mead; Shelby Blue Ribbon – strawberry rhubarb mead; and two hard ciders: South Cider – hard apple cider with honey; Johnny Chapman – hard apple cider with sorghum.

click to enlarge New Day's co-founder/owner, Tia Agnew
  • New Day's co-founder/owner, Tia Agnew
Agnew is hosting launch events July 18-21 in Dayton, Delaware, Medina and Akron, Ohio.

New Day opened the Fountain Square Tasting Room in 2005 as a front runner in the production of modern craft mead and hard cider in Indiana. Founders/Owners Tia Agnew and Brett Canaday describe their product “as approachable as it is innovative, bold and full of flavor, possessing a balance and complexity created by virtue of using whole fruit, wildflower honey and specialty yeast strains; quality ingredients with no concentrates, purees or natural flavors.”

New Day Craft Mead & Cider products range from dry to sweet, with aging in bourbon and gin barrels, and infusions of hops and spices. Agnew advises, “Always check back to see what's on tap [here].

At the 18th Annual Indiana State Fair Brewers’ Cup Competition on July 9, New Day Craft Mead & Cider was awarded a Silver Medal for Gin Barrel-Aged Shelby Blue Ribbon, and a Bronze for Imperial Breakfast Magpie. “We’re very humbled by the recognition at this year’s competition,” said Agnew.

New Day Craft is launching Indianapolis’ first Meadful Things & Outciders Festival on September 3 at The Circle City Industrial Complex.

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Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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