Whiterun's renowned meadery lies just southeast of her capital. The "famous" Honningbrew Mead is brewed here. The Meadery consists of two buildings, the Meadery itself and the Boilery.


Speaking with Sabjorn inside the meadery will allow the Dragonborn to purchase a variety of food and mead. The player will need special keys to enter the meadery’s basement and upstairs office; these are obtained during Thieves Guild Quest: Dampened Spirits.

The office holds most objects of value, including an informative note and Skill Book found on tables, as well as a locked chest that’s further secured behind an Expert-level locked door (no key available).

The office also contains one of seven Larceny Targets that pertain to a Thieves Guild Radiant Quest. Larceny Target: The Honningbrew Decanter.

Honningbrew Basement

A dangerous mage named Hamelyn lurks in the cavern that follows. Slay him and poison the nearby skeever nest, then read the journal you find on Hamelyn's corpse to learn of his questionable motives.

Honningbrew Boilery

You can only enter the boilery via the meadery's basement passage—the front door remains locked at all times. Head upstairs and optionally steal from a locked chest before nefariously poisoning the giant vat. Exit the boilery afterward with the key that hangs on the wall near the door.

Notable Items


  • The Honningbrew Meadery is the rival of the Black-Briar Meadery.
  • Humorously, there is a Lusty Argonian Maid V2 next to a bed. (Probably Mallus's).
  • There is a bottle of Black-Briar Mead under Sabjorn's bed, possibly meaning that he prefers the opposition's brew to his own.
  • If you complete the associated Thieves Guild quest, the signs outside will change to say "Black-Briar Meadery", confirming what Mallus was talking about.
  • After the meadery becomes part of Black-Briar, Honningbrew Mead can still be found in barrels outside the boilery.


This section contains bugs related to Honningbrew Meadery. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

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 360   After completing the Battle for Whiterun, Stormcloak soldiers in the area may become hostile for no reason.


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