Skyrim:Black-Briar Meadery

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Black-Briar Meadery
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# of Zones 1
Respawn Time 10 days
Barkeeper Ungrien
Console Location Code(s)
The Rift
Western part of Riften
Special Features
Shadowmark Protected Protected
The Black-Briar Meadery

Black-Briar Meadery is a bar and brewery run in Riften. The meadery is owned by Maven Black-Briar, who employs several people that actually run the business. There is only one zone, which is the interior.

Related Quests[edit]


Black-Briar Meadery[edit]

Ungrien is the barkeeper, and therefore welcomes most visitors to the meadery. However, Indaryn is the brew master, in charge of brewing the mead. Romlyn Dreth, Niluva Hlaalu, and Asgeir Snow-Shod are the remaining employees, and can be found doing various non-descript jobs around the meadery.

Entering leads directly into the shop/bar area with the counter in the southwestern corner. On the counter is a note from Indaryn regarding thefts from the meadery. There are three stool in front of the counter and a couple of Black-Briar mead barrels in the southeastern corner. There are two small square wooden tables, one to the north and the other in the northwestern corner. These have three bottles of Black-Briar mead, a bottle of wine, two salt piles and two notes, the first titled All Employees Must Read Immedately! and the second is titled To Be Read Immedately! they both show that working conditions are really bad for the employees and the Indaryn is a tyrant. Hanging above the counter is a rabbit, a pheasant, two garlic braids, two bunches of Elves ear and two bunches of Frost mirriam. Under the counter is a leveled sword and three bottles of Black-Briar mead. On the south wall is a wall shelf holding all of the displayed merchandise--(see notes). There is a door behind the counter to the west.

Through the door is a corridor heading north to a T-junction, with a set of shelves in front, against the north wall that holds three boiled creme treats, a sweet roll, a couple of loaves of bread, several potatoes, a cabbage and several pieces of cheese. There is a crate, a sack a couple of food barrels and a Black-Briar mead barrel in the corridor, with a second to the east of the junction over a flight of stairs leading down to the cellar. Heading west there is a railing on your left side as this is a walkway with the lower lever visible below, with a wooden bench and dresser against the east wall. At the end of the walkway is a storage area with several crates, sacks and more Black-Briar mead barrels. Seen over the railing on a ledge in the southeast corner is a medium coin purse, to reach it you must jump over the railing and land on the ledge before inching across and then dropping down to the floor below.

At the bottom of the stairs are more barrels containing Black-Briar mead, with a small chance of finding a bottle of Black-Briar Reserve. Against the east wall is an unlocked chest containing nothing, with a set of shelves beside it. These hold a bottle of wine, an iron sword and copies of The City of Stone, Songs of the Return, Vol 19, The Code of Malacath and Song of the Askelde Men. In the southeast corner is a small round wooden table and two chairs, against the north wall is a long wooden table holding a medium coin purse, three loose septims, a bottle of Black-Briar mead, a portion of grilled leeks, a loaf of bread and a goat cheese wheel and there is a doorway to the west that leads onto another walkway with a railing around the middle and view down to the bottom level where the storage and boiling vats are. The walkway heads both west and north. Following it north passes a couple of wall shelves on the east wall holding three bottles of Black-Briar mead, a bottle of alto wine and plenty of clutter with a garlic braid, a bunch of elves ear and two bunches of frost mirriam hanging above. At the end of the walkway is a small square wooden table set for three, with two salmon steaks, three portions of grilled leeks and a bottle of Black-Briar mead. Heading west passes several more Black-Briar mead barrels before turning to the north and passing a second exit leading out onto the docks. At the end is a flight of stairs down to the east that lead to the lowest level.

At the bottom, in front of you is a chest that requires a key to open. The only way to get this key is by completing the relevant quest for Sibbi Black-Briar. There are two large boiling vats against the north wall with three large storage vats opposite against the south wall and several piles of firewood on the floor and under the stairs where you can find two loose pieces. There are also a large number of Black-Briar mead barrels stacked in piles around the room and a wall shelf in the middle of the east wall holding several food sacks.

Displayed Merchandise[edit]

The following items are sitting out in the store, for example on the store counters. They can be purchased from the merchant, or else can be stolen. Other items may also be present in the store, but those other items are not available for purchase. They respawn after ten days.

Standard Merchandise[edit]

This is the merchandise found in the meadery's merchant chest. These items are only available if purchased from the merchant; they cannot be pickpocketed or stolen. They are restocked every two days.

Count Item
12 bottles of Black-Briar Mead
3 bottles of Black-Briar Reserve


  • There is a Protected Protected shadowmark by the entrance due to Maven Black-Briar's strong ties with the Thieves Guild.
  • Completing Under the Table for Wilhelm makes low-level items freely available, including the bottles of Black-Briar mead found in barrels, but not bottles of Black-Briar reserve, nor the items on the shelf behind the counter that are always tagged as owned and therefore it would count as stealing to take any of them.
  • Aside from most barrels and sacks, all containers in the area are non-respawning and are safe to store items in.