Release Your Inner Viking at Bos Meadery

Where can you drink from a horn, listen to live metal bands, and host a game night with your friends – all at the same time?

If you’re looking for something different than the usual State Street bar for a good night with friends, it’s worth your time to check out Bos Meadery, Madison’s first and only mead hall.

Bos Meadery opened its hall’s doors in 2015, but began selling their product in stores in 2012. Mead is an alcoholic drink made from fermented honey with other natural ingredients and spices and an ancient precursor to beer and wine, according to the meadery’s website.

Their newest mead features desert-themed items like cactus fruit in honor of Queens of the Stone Age’s recent concert in Madison. In addition to limited-run meads, Bos has several resident flavors alongside rotating seasonal drinks. There are usually 7-10 meads on tap at any time.

You don’t have to be 21 to enjoy events at the meadery, like their Tuesday board game nights and monthly metal concerts, both of which have free entry. They also sell non-alcoholic beverages like Sprecher Root Beer.

Bos Meadery is located at 849 E Washington Avenue across the street from Breese Stevens Field, which is a short bus ride from campus free with your ASM student bus pass. The hall is open most nights until 10 p.m.

The hall features long wooden tables ideal for groups and plenty of standing room for getting down during a show. Dedicated patrons can purchase authentic drinking horns, though it may be a while before they get them back in stock.

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