By Alex Stewart
You don’t need to be a Viking from the days of yore to enjoy a tall glass of mead anymore. The ancient, honey-based beverage is making a comeback at Leaky Roof Meadery. Mead comes from the fermentation of honey, water, and yeast, with a mix of fruit or spices often added. Mead can be dry or sweet, high or low in alcohol content, and flat or carbonated. Leaky Roof’s flagship mead, the KCC&S Cyser, is made from honey and apple cider and is low-strength, slightly carbonated, and semi-sweet. It’s also named after the Kansas City, Clinton, and Springfield Railroad. In fact, the whole company is.
With a strong background in brewing beer, Todd Rock founded the company in 2013 with the idea of striking out on his own and trying something new. When, he came to naming the meadery, he chose the nickname for the historic KCC&S Railroad, or the Leaky Roof Railroad. Although Buffalo has never been on the railroad line, or any railroad line for that matter, Todd fell in love with the lore of the railroad and the name.
The meadery offers samples, pints, growlers, and kegs of seven varieties of mead, plus rotating specials on tap at the taproom. You can find a select variety of cans at grocery stores across the state.