You know you’ve made it after five successful years in business. You watch the signs–outside of your profit margins–the great online reviews, the check-ins with pride and anecdotal remarks, the stream of photos, not to mention year after year of awards.
Ben and Becky Starr, owners of Starrlight Mead, have a string of hits to add to their list of awards. They have soared to new heights with unique flavors. They have features in various media, including UNC-TV’s N.C. Weekend, sponsored in part by the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.
Recently, Cooking Light featured Starrlight Mead as one of their picks for four must-have meads, and with a nod to newbies, they recommended the award-winning Traditional Off-Dry. We certainly agree and asked the Starrs for other worthy mentions and they suggested the Off-dry Traditional (Bronze medal winner at Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, March 2015) and the Pomegranate Pink Peppercorn and Semi-sweet Traditional (Silver this year!). Just a side note, entries at the competition included 3,700+ wines and competition was among 27 countries!
What’s in the stars next for this business? The Starrs have plans to expand in the near future, with big but realizable dreams of building the largest Mead Hall in N.C. We’re just over the moon that those plans mean staying in Pittsboro.
And, if we may offer a suggestion or two, enjoy your time in their tasting room by picking up an appetizer or light snack from Chatham Marketplace…and a sweet finish (we love the Chai Mead). You’ll see a lovely garden and trellis outside Starrlight Mead, which is located behind historic Chatham Mills and under the water tower.