Four Brothers Meadery is expected to open soon at 124 E. Main St. in Festus, said co-owner Dan Luck.
He said the mead-manufacturing business will open at the end of this month or early next month.
The business already offers its products for sale at several outlets in the region, but its four owners are readying their own place to serve customers their product, which they describe as honey wine.
Luck said the business won’t be a traditional bar.
“This is a tasting room. It’s all about mead,” he said. “We will sell by the glass. We’ll have flights – samples of a variety of our meads.”
Bottles of mead, which comes in several flavors, also will be sold, Luck said.
“We have traditional honey wine, mead in its purest form,” he said. “We have mead with orange flavor. There’s cinnamon flavored. We have a maple mead and a coffee mead. And, we’re developing a new blackberry mead. It’s not been released yet. When we open, we plan to offer blackberry mead.”
The business has three “900-plus” gallon tanks on the premises, Luck said.
Only two of the owners are actually brothers, but all four share a connection. Each one is currently serving or has served in the U.S. military.
In addition to Luck, the business owners are his brother, Joe Luck of Imperial, their brother-in-law, Chris Schulte of Wentzville, and their friend, Bryan Becker of Fenton. Schulte is married to the Lucks’ sister, Eva.
Dan Luck said the owners are not looking to hire outside help at the start, but likely will hire other employees over time.
“We will be having some help from people we know,” he said. “We will add staff as needed.”
Luck said he and the other owners are looking forward to their opening.
“We know a lot of people from coast to coast are interested,” he said. “We have a large military following.”
Four Brothers Meadery cleared a hurdle Jan. 8, when the Festus City Council approved a liquor license for the business.