Crafted Snowbelt Cyser

Little did I know before I reviewed this mead that it was from Ohio, where I would spend almost two months for my old job. I had never spent any time other than a short business trip in Ohio, but I was lucky that I have a decent amount of friends out there since my corporate office was there.


ABV: 6%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “From lake effect snow and nor’easters to snow rollers and polar vortexes, things can get a little crazy here in the snowbelt. Tales of road crews using this spiced cranberry cyser to treat icy roads are purely urban legend. Regardless of where you are, it’s sure to give you a brief respite from the winter months with it’s warming vanilla and cinnamon notes. Chill a bottle in the nearest snowdrift, snap a photo, and tag it #snowbeltcyser.”

Random: This bottle was another one that Val picked out, big surprise.

This mead poured with no head on top of a clear, pink body with some visible carbonation. The nose was filled with sweet apples, cinnamon and cranberries. The taste was less towards the spice note and more towards cranberries. The cranberries provided some light tartness, which was balanced by the sweetness from the apples and honey. It had a vanilla extract note at the end of the sip. It had a light body with high levels of carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with apples and honey. A bottle of this was $10, which came to $.59 per ounce. I enjoyed drinking this one and really enjoyed the cranberry flavor. If you see it on a shelf next winter, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Crafted Chipotle Pollen-Nation

The amount of people that have hung up on me in the middle of a phone interview is pretty amazing. Today, I called two people (from my landline) and they both paused and then disconnected. I couldn’t imagine doing that during a phone interview. Anyways, mead time.


ABV: 6%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “We’ve taken our gold medal winning Pollen-Nation and infused it with something special. This dry-hopped blackberry mead with saigon cinnamon is perfectly balanced with subtle heat from chipotle peppers. Once only available at festivals and in our taproom, Chipotle Pollen-Nation is now coming to the masses.”

Random: This is available in bottles and on draft.

This mead poured with no head on top of a clear, purple body. There was high carbonation visible. When I poured this, I expected a lot of fruit on the nose from the blackberries, but instead, I got a lot of chipotles and head. After a few sniffs, I also got some cinnamon and nutmeg notes. The taste had a lot more fruit. It had fresh, crushed blackberries with raspberries as well. The chipotles came through next and provided some aggressive head. The cinnamon was there as well, but more in the background. There were also berry seeds as well. As it warmed, I got some old, fermented berry juice and a bit of honey sweetness. The body was thick and syrupy with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with honey and blackberries and a residual heat. The bottle was $9, which broke down to $.53 per ounce. I enjoyed this one and I would definitely have it again, which isn’t surprising given the addition of chipotles.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0