Around 2001 I came up with the name Brimming Horn, at the time the name meant a full drinking horn of mead. Over the years the name has transcended into something different and something more. The mead horn has become a sense of community, vision, and abundance. The horn brims over with wealth, friendship, and community.
In the ancient Greek myth of Amalthea, who is the goat who nursed young Zeus, he accidentally broke off her horn while playing with her one day. To make up for it and as a sign of gratitude, Zeus blessed the broken horn, so that its owner would find everything they desired in it. It became known as the Horn of Amalthea or the cornucopia, an eternal symbol of abundance. The cornucopia became a ubiquitous symbol of fortune and plenty, and was associated with many Goddesses, including Fortuna, the goddess of good fortune, and Ceres, Goddess of agriculture. The horn means all of these things to me. I've never been a rich man in the sense of money but my family, friends, and sense of community are my wealth. These things can't be bought they are earned though work, love, trust, worth, respect, and honor.
As the creators of the Brimming Horn we want our meadery to be abundant and full like the cornucopia. We want the Brimming Horn to be a place of family, education, hospitality, and a haven for locals and travelers of afar to come join our community. I would have never tried to open a business if weren't for the people who believed in the idea and in my passion for it. We used crowd funding to help start the Brimming Horn and with the help of about 200 people in our community we raised $30,000 in a short time. This was all about community as I and my business partner knew most of the people who donated. We were truly humbled by the generosity of people who believed in us.
Through the years I've became friends with pro and amateur mead makers and brewers from all over the country and the world. Many of these folks I've become very close with and I consider them like family. People in my religious community have supported me for years telling me to go professional with my gift. The Brimming Horn Meadery is built by community, we have had people stopping to help us paint and clean that we've only met a couple times and people we've known for years. As humans we like being part of something and when that something is successful we feel we've done a good job and it is worthy.
This is why the symbol for our meadery is a horn overflowing with mead. The brimming horn would be passed among friends and kinsmen to drink, toast, boast, and bond people together. There have been many drinking horns of my mead passed around a bonfire with good friends and good conversations over the last 15 years. We hope to recreate that camaraderie among everyone drinking it. We hope to create a place where family and friends will come to share a beverage and create many happy memories.
Mead brings us together - Jon Talkington