B. Nektar Prickly Pear Kill All The Golfers

Tonight’s selection is something that Val picked out. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Guided by geeky imagination, influenced by sub-pop culture and never satisfied with the status quo, B. Nektar aims to bring a modern twist on mead as well as diversify craft mead, cider, and beer. B. Nektar Meadery was founded in 2006 by Brad and Kerri Dahlhofer, with the help of their good friend Paul Zimmerman. Brad has been an avid homebrewer since 1998, making beers, meads, ciders, and wine for his own enjoyment. When Brad and Kerri got married in 2005, he made a mead to toast with at their wedding and received great reviews from the guests. Jokingly, he said that he’d someday open a meadery. Paul, a long-time friend, and fellow homebrewer, soon began making meads along with Brad in the Dahlhofers’ basement. Their meads quickly began winning awards at homebrewing competitions. In the summer of 2006, Kerri was laid-off from her job. While sipping a glass of vanilla cinnamon mead made by Brad, she thought, “Why not try to sell this?” It was then that the three decided to take their mead making to the next level. In the spring of 2008, Brad too fell victim to layoffs, and the three worked night and day to prepare for their opening. After nearly two years since its inception, B. Nektar finally opened its doors on August 2, 2008 (National Mead Day). B. Nektar’s session meads and hard ciders are now shaping the craft revolution. To say it’s been a long road from the home-brewing days would be a tremendous understatement, but B. Nektar continues to increase their production capacity and is currently the largest meadery in the U.S.A.”

Random: I can’t recall every having a prickly pear by itself.

This mead poured with a half a finger of loose white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear golden-yellow color. The nose was relatively muted. I didn’t pick up prickly pear, but a bit of honey with some apple as well. The taste was also very light. I got some honey and a touch of another fruit that I couldn’t place. I did pick up some tea. The body was light. It had a quick finish with honey. I thought this was alright, but not great. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

B. Nektar Believe

Although I didn’t watch all of the Starz series, “American Gods,” I did want to try this mead.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “B. Nektar is excited to officially announce the plan for a branded American Gods line of meads, ciders, and beers inspired by FremantleMedia North America’s TV series that airs in the United States on STARZ. American Gods is based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel of the same name and was STARZ’s No.1 launch of its season. B. Nektar recipes are in the developmental stages and the goal is to release the first of this product line in late 2018. Fans of the critically acclaimed original series will recall that three shots of mead will seal the bargain between Mr. Wednesday and Shadow Moon, drafting Shadow into Wednesday’s service. A traditional drink that Mr. Wednesday states is ‘The drink of heroes. The drink of gods’. Brad Dahlhofer, B. Nektar C.E.O. and Co-Founder said ‘I have always been a big fan of Neil Gaiman’s work. It’s surreal to be working on a product tied to one of his greatest literary accomplishments.’ ‘Creating a brand based on American Gods is something I no doubt would have done anyway,’ said Brand Director and Co-founder, Kerri Dahlhofer. ‘But to be able to do it collaboratively and with license, allows the brand to be so much more than it would have otherwise. Artistically, the label is a complete embodiment of American Gods, contrasting the delicious product.’ B. Nektar is guided by geeky imagination, influenced by sub-pop culture and is never satisfied with the status quo, always aiming to bring a modern twist on mead as well as diversify craft mead, cider, and beer.”

Random: Val had me read the book American Gods and it was amazing. I think I finished it in two or three days. I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it.

The mead poured a greenish yellow and was still. The mead was clear and I could see through it. The nose had green apples and honey that was apparent. It had a bee pollen note as well. The taste started with red and green apples along with green apple skin. It had a pleasant sweetness from the honey as well. The body was on the thicker side and had no carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish with honey. I liked this mead a lot and would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

B. Nektar Scurvy Shyster Bastard

We’re getting to end of month, which is always insanely busy at work, especially in the Summer. We’re stocking distribution centers in advance of Christmas so they can make sure everything is out. I never realized before this job how early businesses get ready for Christmas and how much they depend on it for revenue. But, I digress. This mead is one that I felt the need to pick up because it’s been awhile since I had a mead from B. Nektar. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 12%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Tart grapefruit juice balanced with the sweetness of white grape juice and honey. A fresh hop bitterness accentuates the brightness of clean grapefruit zest and elderflower notes. Medium bodied with a mossy hop and grapefruit zest bitterness on the semi-dry finish.”

Random: One thing about B. Nektar is that their labels are always unique.

The mead poured still and a greenish-yellow color. It was completely clear. The nose started with honey (no big shock there) and a lot of grapefruit juice. I picked up some grass and white grape juice as well. The taste started with a bit more floral notes. It quickly went into honey and grapefruit zest. There was a slight burn from the alcohol that was pretty apparent. The body was on the thicker side and still. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with wildflower honey and grapefruit. I picked this bottle up for $13.49, which came to $.80 per ounce. This was an enjoyable and fruity mead that I would get again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

B. Nektar Death Unicorn

When passing a bottle of cider called Death Unicorn, one cannot leave without putting it in the basket. Needless to say, it came home with me.

ABV: 6%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Makers gathered in their masses, just like brewers at black masses. Clever minds don’t plot destruction, sorcerers of cider’s construction. In the tank the cider’s churning, as B. Nektar keeps on turning. Black Currant Cider for mankind, enlivening their thirsty minds…Oh lord yeah! Now in darkness, cider stops churning, currants in and all are yearning. Now Death Unicorn has the power, thirsty minds want to devour. Day of packaging, no more storing, through the tap Death Unicorn pouring. It’s delicious, all have sworn, Death Unicorn, laughing, raised his horn…Oh lord, yeah!”

Random: This is available in bottles and on tap.

The cider poured with no head on top of a clear, bright pinkish-purple body. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with freshly crushed berries. I picked up cherry, black currants and blackberries. There was some apple juice and honey present as well. The taste started with sweet apple juice and honey, but quickly transitioned into blackberries and black currants. The fruit aspect tasted a little like extract to me, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. The body was on the light side with generous carbonation. It had a quick, yet fruity finish. I picked this up for $7.99, which came to $.47 per ounce. I thought this was alright, I just wish it tasted more like real fruit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

B. Nektar Devil’s Juice

Some of my favorite days are lazy days at home watching TV. I’ve been working like crazy and I’m absolutely exhausted, so the plan for the rest of the night is watching “Project Runway” with Val and update the blog, so let’s get on this.

ABV: 15%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Honey Pineapple Wine with Chili Peppers and Smoked Pineapples. So many dare to speak of me, run with me, to dance with me, advocate for me..Where are those who dare to drink with me? I am B. Nektar and I am here to do B. Nektar’s work. To tempt the world and spread the sin of the B. It is but a small sacrifice to uncork this bottle and indulge in it’s succulent pineapple and honey sweetness. Savor the smoke of hell as that jalapeno, serrano, habanero and ghost peppers delicately sear your tongue. The initiation begins.”

Random: I want to grow more hot peppers this year.

The mead poured with a golden-yellow color and was clear and still. The nose was filled with red apple juice and insane amounts of hot peppers. There was a wildflower honey sweetness as well. The taste started with the sweetness from the honey and quickly goes into abrasive habanero and jalapeno peppers, to the point that my mouth was on fire, and I love spicy things. I got a small amount of apple peel and juice, but the peppers and smoke overwhelm any other delicate flavors, to the point I couldn’t taste anything else. The body was syrupy, but lighter than expected. The finish took forever and was filled with hot peppers. A bottle of this was $13.99, which came to $.87 per ounce. This was not a mead that I enjoyed, but if you like super hot things, you may like this.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

B. Nektar Oh My God, They Killed Zombie!

As much as I love beer, I love a good mead from time to time. B. Nektar’s Zombie series has always impressed me, so I was excited to crack this one open.

ABV: 11.2%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hey guys, what do you get when you have half Zombie Killer, half Zombies Take Manhattan, and half spiced Imperial Zombie Killer? You get Oh My God, They Killed Zombie, you bastards! Now, respect my authority and believe me when I tell you that this stuff is delicious. I’m seriously. Thanks for picking up the bottle, what a terrific audience. Now screw you guys, I’m going home.”

Random: I used to watch “South Park” when it first came out, but I never got past the first few seasons.

The mead poured with no head on top of a clear, reddish-pink body. The mead was still. The nose had a lot of spiced apples. Specifically, I picked up clove, cinnamon and some nutmeg. There was also sweet apple juice along with dark cherries. The taste was very sweet. It started with honey and sweet red apples. It quickly went into cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg. It had a slight cherry tartness along with vanilla oak. The body was very smooth and it wasn’t cloying at all. The finish was lengthy with sticky honey and spiced apples. A bottle of this was $18.99, which made this $1.58 per ounce. I thought this was a solid mead and had a lot of depth. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

B. Nektar Tuco Style Freakout

Meads are becoming increasingly popular and there are more and more unique takes on them on the shelves. It seems like B. Nektar specifically is putting out new meads every few weeks and they’re all solid. This one seemed like it would be especially interesting.

tucostylefreakout

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Tart lime engulfs the tongue followed by a creamy sweetness of honey and agave. Medium bodied with a lime pith bitterness on the semi-dry finish. A zip of acidity adds to the wonderful balance of the sweet, tart, and bitter flavors.”

Random: This is available April to September in bottles and on tap. They recommend pairing this one with Mexican food and rooftop pizza.

The mead poured with no head on top of a light, yellow-green body. The mead was still. On the nose, I picked up fresh-squeezed lime juice, wildflower honey and white grapes. It also had some agave. The taste was light and crisp with agave and lime. It also had a Sprite note. It also had a wildflower honey note that gave it some flowers that made this a bit more complex. The body was medium thickness without going to the point of syrupy. It had a lengthy finish with lime juice and honey. A bottle of this was $7.99, which broke down to $.47 per ounce. I really enjoyed this mead. It would make for a great paring with a shrimp taco. If you see this one on the shelves, it’s worth picking up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

B. Nektar Stupid Man Suit

One of the things that I enjoy about working in a warehouse is that I don’t have to wear a suit. One of the things I don’t enjoy is that my hands are almost always dirty. I need to start carrying hand sanitizer around with me. This is a cider that I believe Val picked up for me and is a seasonal offering from B. Nektar. Let’s crack it open.

stupidmansuit

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Crisp apple and cherry forward. The sides of the tongue garner the tartness of dry apple and unripened berries while a mild sweetness rounds and balances. Medium body with a dry, refreshing finish.”

Random: This is available April through June.

The cider poured with no head on top of a cloudy, cranberry colored body. I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had a lot of tart berries. I specifically got cherries and blackberries along with apple skins and Red Delicious apples. The taste had a mouth puckering tartness with red wine vinegar. It then transitioned into cherries, blackberries and barely ripe blueberries. Apple came through as well, but it was more like a Honeycrisp apple. The body was thick and syrupy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tart blueberries. This set me back $7.99, which came to $.50 per ounce. This cider was interesting, but it was almost too tart for me. I still had no problem throwing it back and I’m glad I tried it, there are just a few better options out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

B. Nektar Mutant Killer Zombie Manhattan Project Thingy

This morning’s selection is a mead that is best left until the end of the night, given how high the ABV is. Let’s see how it was.

mutantkillerzombie

ABV: 10%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Sometimes bad things happen and we have to make it right. When one of our scientists accidentally crossbred the DNA of Zombie Killer into The Zombies Take Manhattan this delicious mutant was born. While society may never let us create such an abomination again, we just couldn’t put it out if its misery. Enjoy this one while you can.”

Random: This is available in bottle and on tap.

The mead poured with a clear and still, bright pink body. The body had lightly toasted wood and overripe cherries. There was also some vanilla extract in the mead. Alcohol was quite noticeable on the nose, which wasn’t a surprise given the high ABV. It also had Red Delicious apples, honey and rye spice. The taste was intense and it took a few sips to get use to it. It started with strong cherry sweetness and transitioned into rye spice. There was also some cinnamon and toasted oak. There was also a sweet honey note. Booze warmed the back of my throat, although it wasn’t incredibly abrasive. The body was medium thickness and oily. It had a lengthy finish with boozy cherries and honey. A bottle of this was $12.99, which came to $.77 per ounce. I’ve always enjoyed the B. Nektar zombie series, but this was incredibly enjoyable. If you see it hanging out on a shelf, grab a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

B. Nektar Apple Pi

Tonight’s selection is a mead that Val picked out. I’ve been getting more into meads and ciders lately, so even though I am not the biggest fan of apple pie, I was intrigued by this one.

applepi

ABV: 12%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Rich, baked apple skin, creamy honey sweetness followed by strong rich pie spices, especially cinnamon. Truly like eating a piece of apple pie. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and finishes sweet with a slight lingering warmth.”

Random: I put a Fresh Direct cardboard box on our bay window and our big cat loves jumping into it.

This mead poured a clear, light yellow color with some floaties in it. The nose has cooked apples and apple peel. The normal pie spices came through as well, manifesting in cinnamon and nutmeg. There was graham cracker thrown in there for good measure. The first thing that hit me about the taste was how intensely boozy it was. It took me a few sips to get over the heat. After that, cooked apples and ginger came through. There was also graham cracker and pie crust. Pie spice was strong with this mead with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. After a few sips, I picked up vanilla too. The body was thick and bordering on cloying, which I expected. It had a long finish with apple and hot booze. A bottle of this was $11.99, which came to $1 per ounce. I liked this mead and thought it was an interesting interpretation of apple pie, but the alcohol was abrasive.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0