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Colony Meadery Comes Up Big at Mazer Cup

Allentown’s Colony Meadery Wins Five Medals at Nation’s Largest Mead Competition

Boulder, Colorado –In their first year competing on their industry’s biggest stage, The Colony Meadery took home five medals, becoming one of only three meaderies to garner that many.

The Allentown meadery took home medals for:

  • Pikwant Field strawberry-kiwi mead – Bronze in dry melomel (fruit/vegetable mead)
  • Frozen Digits blueberry mead – Bronze in semi-sweet melomel
  • A Good Sarsaparilla – Silver in semi-sweet session mead
  • Beso Exotico – Silver in semi-sweet dessert mead
  • Mo-Me-Doh – Gold in open category semi-sweet mead

“We knew we were making a top-notch beverage,” says Mike Manning, Cofounder and Mead Maker of The Colony Meadery. “But Mazer Cup is the highest competition in our industry, and we’re incredibly honored to see that our peers agree we belong among the best in the world.”

Combined with impressive showings in the New Hampshire-based Mead Free or Die competition (5 medals) and the Michigan Mead Cup (3 medals), this brings the Colony Meadery’s total to 13 medals in national mead competitions in their first year of competition.

Mazer Cup was also the occasion for the annual meeting of the American Mead Makers Association, whose 2nd annual Industry Report revealed a 128% in mead production in 2014. In Pennsylvania alone, the number of meaderies has gone from 2 in 2013 to six today.

“It was an incredible experience to be out in Colorado among other leaders of our industry,” said Greg Heller-LaBelle, Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of The Colony Meadery. “It’s clear mead is in the early stages of a major boom, and we’re extremely excited to be playing a big part in the beverage’s rise.”

Since its launch, The Colony Meadery has steadily expanded its presence within eastern Pennsylvania at restaurants like, Fegley’s Brew Works, Taps Tavern, Strange Brew Tavern, and Hulmeville Inn. Additionally, they are distributing mead to New Jersey with Hunterdon Brewing.

About The Colony Meadery

The Colony Meadery’s mission is to produce the boldest and most innovative meads in the world. We use experimental batches, modern methodology, and precise control of fermentation to create meads that are distinct and varied. We believe in uncompromising quality, flavor and craftsmanship. We are members of both the Brewers Association and the American Mead Makers Association. For more information, please visit their website:

About Mazer Cup International

The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition is operated and hosted by the Mazer Cup International Incorporated., a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Proceeds from the competitions and associated Mead Mixer event go to support both our home and commercial competitions. Additional portions of the proceeds are donated to support our philanthropic partner. For more information, please visit their website:


* * *  This press release is republished with the permission of The Colony Meadery.  * * *

Dinosaurs Hatching From Allentown Business Incubator

Bridgeworks Enterprise Center aids Architrep with KitRex growth

Allentown, Pennsylvania – “Dinosaurs invade Allentown!” It may sound like the next movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, but rest assured that it is much less scary than what Hollywood might come up with. In fact, these friendly-looking dinosaurs come in a variety of colors and are designed for kids!

These googly-eyed creatures are the brainchild of designer entrepreneur Lisa Glover, founder of Architrep. As a student in Lehigh University’s Technical Entrepreneurship Master’s Degree Program, Glover first started toying with the idea of origami-like paper dinosaur designs while working on a homework assignment. On a whim, she built a 15-foot long cardboard Velociraptor costume and crashed a campus Halloween party.

“It was like a scene from a movie where someone enters the room and the music comes to a halt,” explains Glover about her entrance. She walked away with first prize in the costume contest and the beginnings of a business idea.

Over the next few months, Glover redesigned and tested several iterations of what became the KitRex Velociraptor. She launched the final prototype- a kit of flat-packed paper pieces that becomes a 3ft long dino- on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter with the intention of raising enough funds to make and sell a few hundred kits. Little did Glover know that her life was about to be changed forever.

“The campaign gained a little bit of traction which caught the attention of the Kickstarter staff,” tells Glover. “They featured KitRex on their home page and the project went viral. When it was all said and done, I had sold nearly 5,500 kits.”

By the end of 2014, Glover had built and shipped all of her KitRex kits and had enough money left over to pursue Architrep full-time. In December, Architrep was accepted into the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center business incubation program and moved across town from her home at Ben Franklin TechVentures, where she started.

“I had followed Lisa’s KitRex Kickstarter project closely. When I saw how well it did, it was obvious that she was onto something and we wanted to help her grow the company,” explains Anthony Durante, program manager at Allentown Economic Development Corporation. “Lisa has taken our advisory committee by storm. Several advisers are itching to help Lisa continue her success.”

Glover is certainly not wasting any time. In fact, her next Kickstarter project launched on Tuesday, March 10th! The KitRex Pterodactyl is the next in what will become a series of foldable paper creature kits. When constructed, it has a 3-foot wingspan and Glover’s signature googly eyes.

“I’ve incorporated many of the lessons that I learned from the velociraptor kit,” says Glover. “The glue-dots have been replaced with tab and slot design which makes construction easier. There will also be simpler instructions with more images that illustrate the proper steps in making the pterodactyl.”

The KitRex Pterodactyl Kickstarter launches March 10th and the preview link can be found here:

Once live, the project can be found by searching for KitRex Pterodactyl on

About Architrep LLC

Architrep LLC develops and manufactures flat-packed toys which encourage creativity and foster spatial development in children. The company was founded by Lisa Glover in March of 2014, while she was a student in Lehigh University’s Technical Entrepreneurship master’s program. The products created at Architrep are designed to open the mind’s sense of inquiry.

About the Allentown Economic Development Corporation

AEDC is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to a mission of identifying, encouraging, developing and managing strategic business opportunities for the benefit of Allentown, its citizens, and the Lehigh Valley. Its goal is to improve vacant and underutilized properties by assisting manufacturers, business owners and entrepreneurs in obtaining the resources and opportunities they require for success in the City of Allentown. AEDC offers access to financing and incentives, assistance with brownfield remediation, and support for growing businesses within the City.

Over the course of its 26-year existence, the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, founded in the refurbished Mack Trucks Plant 4A in 1989, has helped launch more than 50 companies in Allentown that have created more than 300 jobs. It is a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. Today, the Center is home to ColdEdge Technologies, The Colony Meadery, County Seat Spirits, Gonzo Pockets, HiJinx Brewing Company, JH Plastics, MTS Ventures, Netizen Corporation, Polymer Contours and Zzyzx Polymers.

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