Artifice Ales & Mead was founded by the partners who launched Meduseld Meadery in Lancaster in 2017. Willie Wrede is the mead maker and brewer for Meduseld/Artifice and managing partner of Artifice. His wife, Julie Wrede, serves as CFO and also handles human resources. Alfonso and Jeanette Soler, and Duro Rajkovic are founding members as well and helped build Meduseld Meadery from concept to launch.
The partners transformed a 4,630-square-foot warehouse into a large taproom area for 60 to 70 patrons, a commercial kitchen, bathrooms, and a brewery production and storage area. Seating is a mix of tables and chairs and booths. Seating can also be found along the large mahogany bar. Artifice Ales & Mead also boasts an outdoor patio with tables, and the surrounding lawn will also have tables.