Craft Beer, Bars, & Mead

Benjamin Franklin is famously misquoted as saying, “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” In Gillette, we love our visitors so much we make them locally crafted beer and mead. And they are so delicious. And you’re on vacation. What other reasons could you possibly need to toast? As Gillette’s dining scene has been garnering notoriety and acclaim over the past decade, obviously we needed something to pair with all of that great food, our brewery and meadery have it covered for us. Stop by the Rail Yard Bar and Grill for a beer, or take a trip to the Big Lost Meadery for some delicious mead. Cheers!

Where else in the world could you drink like the gods and working men all at the same bar? Only in Gillette. The ancient elixir mead was the preferred drink of Greek gods and might be civilization’s oldest alcoholic beverage. Different than wine or beer, mead is fermented honey, yeast and water and stands alone as its own rank of alcohol, and Sam Clikeman serves it straight out of a horn at Big Lost Meadery. Mead is typically associated with Vikings and Norse traditions, which is perfect since Sam looks like a Scandinavian cowboy. He’s developed a line of mead flavors including Crazy Woman, Wild Man and Island Gypsy, all part of his Big Lost universe. Never one to turn down the opportunity to serve people drink, Sam has recently expanded his product line to include his own beers. See the full Big Lost story, including how Sam gets his pillage on.

Sam Clikeman, owner of Big Lost Meadery, holds a bottle of handcrafted mead in front of a big sign that advertises, “Big Lost Meadery: Crafted to Taste. Aged to perfection.”

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