Andrew's right on. Most of the folks I've talked to have had a devil of a time getting licensed. Most regulatory agencies, it seems, can't understand anything what ain't beer, wine or likker. Both meaderies in our area struggled to even find anyone who knew who they should talk to.
The more successful one, IMO, is successful because in addition to trads and big meads, they make a few modest-alcohol, sparkling fruited meads that are very dirnkable and very "approachable" for a not-very-mead-savvy public. Kind of an "intro" mead. New Belgium, a large regional brewery, used the same strategy in making a beer that has character but is light and drinkable so as to not put off McBeer drinkers from giving it a go. (That's Fat Tire for those who've met it).
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in Lyons, CO