About Us

President / Founder / Mead-maker Jon Talkington with his wife Jennifer and daughter Pearl.

President / Founder / Mead-maker Jon Talkington with his wife Jennifer and daughter Pearl.

Vice President Robert (JR) with wife Heather and daughter Rune.

Vice President Robert (JR) with wife Heather and daughter Rune.

"The Brimming Horn Meadery is a 20-year dream of a man from the backwoods of Ohio with a thirst for history and fermentation. That man is me, Jon Talkington, the founder of The Brimming Horn Meadery. I have combined these loves into the compelling, unusual, tantalizingly delicious beverages that will be created at The Brimming Horn.

Both I and Robert Walker, Jr., my business partner, believe that the Brimming Horn Meadery is more than a place to sample mead. It is a meadery with a lifestyle attached. The name of the meadery and the names of our meads are more than a theme, they are a passion. Usually mead is a drink linked to the Northern European peoples,  so most of our meads are named after Northern European gods and goddesses and beings found in the mythologies of those peoples. 

The symbol for our meadery is a horn overflowing with mead. A brimming horn would be passed amongst friends and kinsmen to drink, toast, boast, oath, and bond people together. We hope our mead will be able to do just that amongst everyone drinking it. We hope to create a place where family and friends will come to share a beverage and create many happy memories." ~ Jon

- Jon and Robert (JR) have a collective 15+ years in the craft beer industry working for Delaware's largest craft brewer (we'll let you guess who...). 

- Jon's 12 years as a professional brewer and 3 years as a professional wine maker make his resume extremely impressive.  Dealing with small and large batches is old hat for this brewing veteran.  He loves reading fermentation science, historical brewing pamphlets, and cook books for the next delicious mead idea.

- Robert (JR) has been working at the brewery for over 6 years and has his hands in almost everything.  Starting in packaging, moving to the warehouse and then finally to the newest position of Inventory Fulfillment Specialist he's seen it all. This gives them the confidence to take the needed steps to finally go commercial.  

- Both men are happily married and each have a beautiful little girl.  When not working at their jobs or hanging with their families, they are working on the meadery. 

 

Jon's Awards:

2016 Meadllennium - Best of Show & Gold Medal - Specialty - Cytherea (made with buckwheat honey,a blend of grapes, raisins and figs.)
 

2016 Meadllennium - Silver Medal - Spiced Fruit - Ambika
 

2016 Meadllennium - Bronze Medal - Melomel - Bloody Hoof
 

2016 Mead Free or Die International - Bronze Medal - Melomel (Fruit Mead Category) - Harvest Horn  (made with wildflower honey, local fruits and berries)

2015 Mead Free or Die International - Gold Medal and Best of Show - Open Category - Cytherea (made with buckwheat honey,a blend of grapes, raisins and figs.)

2015 Mazer Cup International - Silver Medal - Open Category/Semi-Sweet - Ancient Kemet; Honorable Mention - Cyser Category - Fuji Cyser

2014 Mead Free or Die International - Gold Medal and Best of Show - Rose Hip Melomel; Bronze Medal - Barrel Aged Bochet

2011 Mazer Cup International - Gold Medal Metheglin Category - 'Basilisk'

2007 Meadllennium - Silver Medal Melomel - Blackberry Mead

      Jon with Pearl and his awards,  giving a class about mead

      Jon with Pearl and his awards,  giving a class about mead

2007 Meadllennium - Silver Medal Open Category - Thunder Oak

2007 Meadllennium - Bronze Medal Open Category - Winter's Gold Hippocras

2003 Ohio State Fair - Silver Medal - Traditional Mead

2003 Ohio State Fair - Bronze Medal - Cyser

2001 Ohio State Fair - Silver Medal - Traditional Mead

2000 Ohio State Fair - Bronze Medal - Cyser

2000 Ohio State Fair - Silver Medal - English-Style Barleywine

1998 Ohio State Fair - Silver Medal - Imperial Stout

1997 Ohio State Fair - Bronze Medal - Trappist Strong Ale

1997 Ohio State Fair - Bronze Medal - Raven Stout


Articles and Press Clippings

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Who are these handsome devils?  Jon and I got a chance to do a fun interview with one of our local papers The Cape Gazette. 
http://beachpaper.villagesoup.com/p/delawares-first-meadery-to-open-near-cool-spring/1389325

Jon just hanging out talking about mead with Anthony Russo of the Seaford Star .  What are all those cups and wood medals you ask?  Oh nothing, just Back to Back "Best of Shows" for the Mead Free or Die Competition 2014 and 2015.  The little cups are a Gold and Silver from the Mazer Cup (Meads biggest International Competiton).  You think Jon knows what he's doing???
http://russoclips.blogspot.com/2015/07/mead-follow-or-get-out-of-way.html