About

The Tasting Room is Open 5-11PM, Wednesday-Friday, 2-11PM on Saturday and 2-9PM on Sunday. 

Our Story

Honeytree Meadery is Nashville’s premier craft meadery.

Economy + Ecology + Education

Here at Honeytree, founders and long-time brewers Matt Loch and Ross Welbon produce quality meads through environmentally sustainable processes.

We also work to build community around this special drink by enlightening and educating our patrons.  It’s our mission to update the ancient beverage for the modern consumer while retaining the age-old spirits of kinship and reverence for nature.

 

MEET THE HIVE

Ross Welbon

Primary beekeeper, sales and outreach manager, assistant brewer

Ross leaves a trail of smiles wherever he goes.  He’s a long-time beekeeper and brewer of both beer and mead, previously brewing for Little Harpeth Brewing. His time working with LHB produced countless contacts within the Nashville brewing and restaurant community, as well as their popular Mosiac IPK.  His passion for beekeeping and sharing his knowledge with others knows no bounds, and he intends on pursuing a Master Beekeeper certificate in the next few years.

 

Matt Loch

Lead meadmaker, operations manager

As a bookworm and lab rat, Matt stumbled across mead during college and was compelled to try the drink at any cost. Unable to find any of the ancient beverage in local breweries and liquor stores, he took inspiration from his friends’ attempts at homemade hooch and tried using a plastic jug, some honey, and bread yeast. After the batch cleared, he tasted and thought “This can be better” and has been brewing ever since. In the meantime, he has worked in a wide variety of labs ranging from drug discovery to food science. He has incorporated this meticulous method to brewing a wide range of meads from traditional to more modern, even developing a new methodology for extracting the best flavors from his ingredients.

 

Dru Sousan

The Missing Link

Dru is a long time friend of Honeytree’s Co-Owner Ross Welbon. He moved to Nashville in 2011 and joined the team at The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden in 2012. Dru has several years of experience as a bartender and hospitality professional. He chose the hospitality industry because it was a good fit for his gregarious personality and allowed him the freedom to spend time outdoors doing adventure sports and studying aquaponics. His roots started on a family farm in Illinois and he has been studying sustainable farming for years. He applies this passion and knowledge to contribute to Honeytree’s commitment to environmental stewardship through ecologically balanced business practices. In addition to being a co-owner, he will serve as Honeytree’s tasting room manager and assistant beekeeper to Ross. Dru adds light, humor and a positive energy to our team that is contagious to everyone that he interacts with. His title is The Missing Link because he is the perfect addition to our ownership team.