Sprouse and Brochu discovered their passion for making mead as young adults in California. Once Sprouse moved to New York for college, the duo continued experimenting and swapping recipes across the country. Through their exploration and experimentation, the young brewers found that they both preferred naturally-made meads that were rare in the mass market. Most of the meads they encountered in stores, restaurants and bars were sweet, potent, and heavily manipulated during the brewing process.
Eager to share their unique style of mead with others, Sprouse and Brochu decided to collaborate on their own label, All-Wise. Brochu joined Sprouse in NYC, where the mazers sought out the best New York honey-makers and perfected their flagship recipe. The label launched in fall of 2017, challenging wide-spread assumptions about the ancient beverage and offering a fresh and simple mead to the masses.
Dylan Sprouse — CEo & mazer
It was upon graduation in 2015 that Sprouse realized his true passion for brewing, having spent the better part of his college career experimenting with different mead formulations and perfecting his recipes at NYU. Working within the relatively small world of mead, Sprouse developed his distinct recipes through trial and error in the small confines of his dorm room. With Brochu on the west coast and many samples of mead traveling back and forth, their distinct recipe was crafted. Sprouse’s understanding of the business of distilling came as a result of a job working at Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn, which would eventually inspire the creation of All-Wise Meadery.
Doug Brochu — Brewing operations & Mazer
After buying a home brewing kit as a gift for his father, Brochu quickly developed his own interest in brewing, beginning with beer and moving to experiments with anything and everything that could be fermented – from beer to kombucha and cider -eventually homing in on his passion for mead.
His dedication to the world of food, wine and spirits extends to experience working in a wine shop, and other bars and restaurants over the years. With All-Wise, Brochu aims to open up the world of mead with an authentic, nuanced and welcoming product.
Matt kwan — Cfo
Born in the Bronx, Kwan was raised in Montgomery, Alabama returning to New York to study economics at NYU (though he remains an avid Crimson Tide fan). It was in the NYU freshmen dorms that he met Sprouse, immediately connecting over their mutual interest in spirits and brewing. Soon after deciding to build a business with All-Wise, Sprouse introduced Kwan and Brochu, and the All-Wise founding trio was complete. In addition to his interest in finance and investments, Kwan is a skilled poker player, and has placed in a number of Texas Hold’em tournaments.