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The Story of Thunderland

The idea for what became Thunderland Mead started in 2017 as a passion project. After learning from a successful mead maker in Michigan, our Head Mazer, Cole Van Harn, began planning and experimenting in preparation to create his own Meadery.

During the summer of 2018, when this passion project was becoming a full blown operation, Cole's childhood best friend, Logan, and his wife were killed by a drunk driver. His family name was Thunderland, and the business took on the name in his memory.

The Thunderland logo is inspired by a viking wedding tradition. 3 weeks before they were killed, Logan and his wife sunk handmade axes into a stump while saying their vows. The depth with which the axes were sunk symbolized the unyielding strength and commitment they made to each other. Thunderland Mead is inspired by this devotion and makes a commitment to honoring their memory with the highest quality mead.

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Cole Van Harn - Head Mazer

Meet out Head Mazer, Cole. Born and raised in a small town in Michigan, he discovered a love for mead while sampling some local offerings.  After receiving some tips from a traditional, Polish mazer, he decided to give it a try for himself.

Life has taken Cole on many journeys, from Professional Rugby to sommelier certification, he's worn many hats. He is also currently the head winemaker for The Melody Lynne Vineyard in Kirkland, WA.

In his free time he enjoys hiking with his two malamutes, and tending to his collection of rare tropical plants. We are all looking forward to what flavors he puts out next.