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Odin's Beard Meadery, a new business west of Dundee on Highway 99W, will open this summer.

GARY ALLEN - Warren Burk and his wife Danielle Burk are constructing Odin's Beard Meadery on Highway 99W and Riverwood Road west of Dundee.

While the Newberg and Dundee area has long been known for its wine production, having become a destination for many seeking to sample high end vintages, rural Dundee will soon become home to a new tasting room for a different kind of beverage.

A new building at the corner of Riverwood Road and Highway 99W will eventually become home to Odin's Beard Meadery, which will be a production facility and tasting room with seven lines of mead, which is often referred to as honey-wine and is made by fermenting honey with water.

Owners Danielle and Warren Burk are building the production facility and tasting room themselves, with occasional help from young son Quentin and friends. Warren Burk is a full-time contractor who works on the meadery in his free time.

The couple owned Dusty Bottle Meadery in La Center, Wash., but that closed recently and this new facility brings them closer to where Warren Burk's firm is headquartered in McMinnville. The Burks said they pulled out of Dusty Bottle as it wasn't making enough to continue expansion. Most of its sales were around Oregon as there product is sold in 20 locations.

"We wanted to bring diversity with a different type of wine," Danielle Burk said.

They have a tentative opening date of July 4, although by building it on their own they do face challenges.

"There's a lot of building ahead of us," Warren Burk said.

Click here to read the rest of the story in the Newberg Graphic.

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