Prairie Rose Meadery
Nationally Awarded Honey Wine • Brewing Premium Honey Wine Since 1996 • (701) 371-3690
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Prairie Rose is Fargo's first meadery. Prairie Rose Meadery is owned and operated by Susan and Bob Ruud. In 2006 they won the gold medal in the traditional mead category at the National Homebrew Competition. They then again won the gold medal in the same category in 2013.

Our goal is to blend our love of North Dakota and our love of Mead to give our customers an aroma and palate sensation like no other. We take great pride in our products and know that when you taste a sample of our Mead you will be able to tell this.​

Prairie Rose Meadery produces Traditional Mead (honey only), Melomel (Fruit Mead) and Metheglin (Spiced Mead) using ingredients mostly from North Dakota. Their mead is available in bottles and by the glass at their tasting room at the meadery which is located off of 32nd Avenue South in Fargo, west of I-29.​​

Susan Ruud

Susan Ruud is a member of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Governing Committee. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Governing Committee (GC) is an advisory committee to the AHA Staff and Brewers Association Board of Directors.

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Fargo Area's first meadery

FARGO – After watching the craft beverage trend continue to grow in recent years, a Harwood couple have decided to turn their own home-brewing hobby into a business.

Susan and Bob Ruud recently opened Prairie Rose Meadery in south Fargo.

Often referred to as "honey wine," mead is made from fermented honey, water and yeast. Susan Ruud described mead as tasting similar to a sweet white wine, such as a Moscato.

"I'm not much of a beer drinker, but I loved the taste of mead. That's what got me interested in it," Bob Ruud said. "Susan has been very successful on the amateur level with awards for her meads. I'm more of the behind-the-scenes equipment guy supporting her in that."

Susan Ruud said part of what attracted her to homebrewing was her background as a microbiologist in the plant pathology department at North Dakota State University.

"I just kind of fell in love with the whole process," she said. "My background is microbiology, so it kind of fit in with that."

Her success within the American Homebrewers Association gave her the confidence to take her hobby to a professional level.

She said the the response from customers so far has been great.

"It's like with your home brew, when you actually serve it to someone and they really enjoy it, you can see it in their expression. It's just gratifying. I enjoy that," she said.

Article by Fargo Forum, June 30, 2015

Susan & Bob Ruud
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Best Rated Meadery In North Dakota

3101 39th St. S., Suite E, Fargo, ND 58104

David Hansen

"The mead was delicious and the selection was beyond what I expected. We had a great time."

Liz Becker

"Great relaxing atmosphere. Owners are very welcoming and great conversationalists. Will be returning soon for their new mead flavors!"

Kristi Lien

"Everything about this place was great! Great mead, cheese, service."


Thurs. & Friday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday: Noon - 6:00 PM


3101 39th St. S, Suite E
Fargo, North Dakota


Phone: (701) 371-3690