B. Nektar Begins Limited Release of Shadow Thicket Honey Wine

ShadowThickettB. Nektar (Ferndale, Michigan) has officially announced that it will introduce Shadow Thicket as its newest Limited Release offering in late January 2020.

Shadow Thicket is a Wildflower Honey Mead that features “bold, tart black currant [complemented] by ripe raspberry character and subtle honey bitterness.” Coming in at 14.3% ABV, Shadow Thicket is “full-bodied with bright acidity and mouth-watering sweet, tart finish.”

Shadow Thicket is available now in B. Nektar’s Taproom and is scheduled to enter distribution on February 1, 2020.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 375ml bottles and on draft at select mead-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of B. Nektar’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Shadow Thicket from B. Nektar

Release – Limited; late January/early February 2020
Style – Mead
ABV – 14.3%
Featured Ingredients – Wildflower honey, raspberry & black currant
Suggested Food Pairings – “Cheeses/Bread: Ruchese cheese like goat cheese, Serra da Estrella (sheep’s milk), a Cremoulin Boite, or Gorgonzola | Seafood/Meat: A rich smoked salmon dish, any red meat dishes, or dark meat poultry dishes. Thai or spicy entrees will pair amazingly with this mead | Pasta/Salads: Pairs well with creamy pasta dishes and Ceaser salads | Desserts: Chocolate anything! Cheesecakes”
Availability – 375ml bottles & draft
Mead Finder – http://www.bnektar.com/find-us/


B. Nektar Adds New Wave Lemonade to Year-Round Lineup

BNektarlogoB. Nektar (Ferndale, Michigan) has officially announced that it will add New Wave Lemonade to its Year-Round portfolio in December 2019.

Following Punk Lemonade as B. Nektar’s latest lemonade-themed offering, New Wave Lemonade is a Mead made with blueberry and lemon.  Light magenta in appearance, New Wave Lemonade (6.4% ABV) is filled with “sweet blueberry and creamy honey followed by notes of blueberry skin and tart lemon.”

New Wave Lemonade will release in B. Nektar’s Taproom on December 14 and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at mead-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of B. Nektar’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for New Wave Lemonade from B. Nektar

Release – Year-Round; launching December 2019
Style – Mead
ABV – 6.4%
Added Ingredients – Blueberry & lemon
Suggested Food Pairings – “Brie & goat cheese, chicken salad, pan-sauteed cod with dill, lemon basil pasta, cornbread or sausage stuffing, lemon pound cake, blueberry buckle.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

TBBW 2018 Event: Reboog Mania at Garagiste Meadery

GaragistelogoFrom noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, Garagiste Meadery (1506 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida) will treat Tampa Bay Beer Week attendees to a special Reboog Mania event featuring the limited bottle release of Reboog Razz.

The folks at Garagiste Meadery are going all “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” on Tampa Bay Beer Week with Reboog Mania, an extraordinary tap event loaded with a series of fruited meads made with peanuts (a.k.a. goobers; “Goober” spelled backwards is “Reboog”).  Starting at noon on March 8, the meadery will have Reboog Blue, Reboog Fraise (Strawberry) and Reboog Razz on tap “along with some other favorites.”  No tickets are needed to attend Reboog Mania and this event is strictly pay as you go.

As an added bonus, Reboog Mania will also include the bottle release of Reboog Razz, a Raspberry Mead with Peanuts and Natural Flavors.  375ml bottles of Reboog Razz will go on sale at 2 p.m. on March 8 and will be $33 each.  Bottle sales are CASH ONLY.  Bottle limits will be determined at the event and will be based on turnout.

If you are looking to switch things up and get a mead fix during Tampa Bay Beer Week, Garagiste’s Reboog Mania needs to be on your itinerary for Thursday, March 8.  Just keep in mind that taps start flowing at noon, Reboog Razz bottles go on sale at 2 p.m., and the event ends promptly at 5 p.m. so Garagiste Meadery can prepare for a ticketed event that it is hosting later that evening.  You will have a five-hour window.  Take advantage of it.  Prost!

B. Nektar Meadery Unveils 2018 Release Calendar

bnektarglassThis week’s resurgence of release calendars continues as B. Nektar Meadery (Ferndale, Michigan) makes its 2018 Product Release Calendar public.

B. Nektar’s full 2018 Release Calendar is available below and it is absolutely loaded with tasty Core, Seasonal, Limited and Extra Limited Meads and Ciders.  You are free to look it over at your own pace, but here’s a brief overview if you are interested:

  • B. Nektar’s Seasonal Lineup in 2018 will bookend with The Dude’s Rug (January – March, September – December) as Kill All the Golfers (March – September) will fill the gap in the middle
  •  Limited Releases will include Death Unicorn (February), Slice of Life (April), Stupid Man Suit (June), and Black Fang (September)
  • Extra Limited offerings will be released by quarter and include the following: Wildberry Pyment, Grape Mead with Blueberry, Blackberry & Raspberry (1st Quarter); Episode 13 – 2 Year Reserve, Honey Wine aged in Bourbon Barrels (2nd Quarter); Tequila Barrel Aged Pineapple Mead (3rd Quarter); and The Cyser of the Lambs, Apple Honey Wine aged in Chianti barrels (4th Quarter)

That should gloss over a good portion of B. Nektar’s 2018 lineup, but you can still find descriptions, packaging info, and details on Core Releases in the calendar below.  Be sure to check it out so that you can get yourself a proper B. Nektar fix over the next 12 months.  Prost!



B. Nektar Marks 10th Anniversary with Release of Wildberry Pyment

BNektarWBP_editedB. Nektar Meadery (Ferndale, Michigan) has announced that Wildberry Pyment has officially returned for a limited time in celebration of the meadery’s 10th Anniversary.

To recognize a decade of success in the craft mead and cider game, the folks at B. Nektar have decided to “throwback to [their] first years in business and revive an original fan favorite” simply known as Wildberry Pyment.  This 15% ABV Mead is “fermented with orange blossom honey and grape juice with natural wild berry flavors added.” This results in a dark plum-colored Wildberry Pyment that supplies an experience of “jammy red wine with notes of plum, strawberry, blackberry and blueberry up front.”  A “subtle honey character” then moves in to support these notes with “hints of orange zest [and] a light spicy clove character.”

Wildberry Pyment is officially available now and will be hanging around as long as supplies last through the first quarter of 2018.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select retailers, bars and restaurants located in the following states: Florida, Georgia, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia & Wisconsin.  Prost!

Wildberry Pyment from B. Nektar Meadery

Release – Limited, 1st Quarter of 2018
Style – Mead (Pyment)
ABV – 15%
Essential Ingredients – Orange blossom honey, Shiraz grape juice, wild berry juice blend (blueberry, strawberry, blackberry)
Suggested Food Pairings – “Dark chocolate, fresh goat cheese and honey, baked brie, blueberry coffee cake”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Distribution – Florida, Georgia, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia & Wisconsin



Deftones Collaborate with Belching Beaver Brewery to Create Phantom Bride IPA

belchingbeaverdeftonesbottleMusic and craft beer join forces once again as the Deftones and Belching Beaver Brewery (Vista, California) have announced that the two have partnered up to create Phantom Bride India Pale Ale as a new limited release.

Phantom Bride India Pale Ale, named after a track on their most recently released album entitled Gore, is the product of the Deftones branching out to try their hand at craft brewing.  The Grammy Award-winning alternative metal band reached out to the folks at Belching Beaver Brewery to make this project a reality.  This West Coast IPA boasts an impressive hop bill consisting of four varietals – Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe – that was carefully selected by Deftones frontman Chino Moreno.   This union of music and brewing comes together as a hoppy experience that Moreno says he would “put right up with any of my favourites. Good stuff!”  The full brewery description of Phantom Bride IPA is as follows:

“Named after the ethereal song by the one and only Deftones, Phantom Bride IPA is a blend of Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops delicately balanced for the perfectly drinkable mix of citrus and hoppy goodness.”  ABV – 7.1%  IBUs – 55

22 oz. bottles and kegs of Phantom Bride IPA were officially shipped on October 3 to distributors in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.  This offering is also available at all Belching Beaver tasting room locations.  An official launch event for the beer will be held on October 5 at 8 p.m. at Fullerton, California’s Slidebar (band will not be present at the event).  If you are a Deftones fan and this is a beer that you just need to get your hands on, be sure to do it as soon as possible because Phantom Bride IPA will only be around for a limited time while supplies last.  Prost!

– the audio above was sourced via Deftones YouTube channel

B. Nektar to release The Mutant Zombie Killer Zombie Manhattan Project Thingy

bnektarMutantB. Nektar (Ferndale, Michigan) recently announced that they will release The Mutant Zombie Killer Zombie Manhattan Project Thingy this week.

In what could be the longest and most fantastic beverage name of the year so far, B. Nektar is unleashing a mutant creation on the mead-loving masses.  The Mutant Zombie Killer Zombie Manhattan Project Thingy is a result of an “Uh-Oh” where brewers “accidentally blended a few hundred gallons of Zombie Killer [Cherry Hard Cider] into one of the two tanks that contained Zombies Take Manhattan“, an Apple Mead with cherry added aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.  After discovering that this mistake turned out to be quite tasty, it was then decided that B. Nektar fans should be allowed to experience the result of this happy accident.

The Mutant Zombie Killer Zombie Manhattan Project Thingy officially releases in the B. Nektar taproom on Saturday, July 30, and then a limited amount of 500ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs will make it out to select markets within the meadery’s distribution footprint.  According to the B. Nektar – South Facebook account, bottles will be hitting the Florida market very soon.  Make sure to snag a bottle if and when you see it because this offering is sure to move quickly off of shelves once they hit.  Prost!