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

Melovino The Root Cause

I somehow managed to sleep until 9:30 AM today. That’s really odd for me, as I can rarely sleep past 6 AM on most days. I’ve been working like crazy, so I guess I needed the sleep. It’s also incredibly humid out, so sleeping in the air conditioning with the fan going is like heaven. Anyways, this is a mead that I picked up at my local beer store that’s made in New Jersey. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 14%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Fresh ginger mead made with orange blossom honey from Florida. One of the best feelings in the world is seeing a smile upon a person’s face and knowing that you were the one that put it there. Give someone a hug, a kiss, or simply share a glass of this euphoric pairing of florida orange blossom honey and freshly sliced ginger! Then, when they taste it and smile, you will know, you were the root cause.”

Random: My Bissell Brothers glass is perfect for mead.

The mead poured as a clear, light yellow color. This was a still mead, so there was no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with wildflower honey and some freshly chopped ginger. The taste had an instant booze burn, which was quickly followed up by freshly chopped ginger. After a few sips, some wildflower honey came through. The body was on the thicker side with no carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish with ginger. I picked this up for $18.99, which came to $1.12 per ounce. I thought this was a good mead, but the ginger was overwhelming.

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

Maine Mead Works HoneyMaker Reserve – Strawberry

Val and I are watching “Mariah’s World.” If I was that talented or rich, I don’t think I could be that difficult. It’s almost annoying to me. Scratch that, it’s beyond annoying. Anyways, this was a mead that Val and I picked up at least two years ago from Maine. I remember liking it in the tasting room, but being annoyed at the price of tasting. Let’s see how the bottle was.

strawberryhoneymaker

ABV: 12.5%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “True to our dry style, this mead is infused with approximately one pound of sun-ripened Maine to every gallon of mead.”

Random: This is a summer seasonal.

The mead poured a dark reddish color that was clear. This was a still mead, with no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with strawberry syrup, booze and lots of wildflower honey. There was also a lot of flower petals that were bordering on perfume-like. The taste was filled with artificial strawberry syrup. I remember trying this at the meadery and it being so much better. The other flavors had white grape jam along with thick and syrupy honey. The flavors were intense and this was a bear to get down. The body was thick and syrupy and still. The finish was lengthy and bordering on sickeningly sweet. I don’t remember how much we paid for this mead, but I don’t think it was cheap. I thought this mead was way too artificial tasting. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Melovino Berry Boku

Val had been wanting to try this mead for awhile, so we cracked open the bottle one night. She ended up not being a fan of this one either.

berryboku

ABV: 14%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Our ridiculously delicious mixed berry mead that is sweet, tart, and full of flavor. A succulent blend of honey and a tremendous amount of mixed berry flavor come together in this tart and richly dense recipe! Jam packed with a big berry punch of raspberry and blackcurrants upfront, with blueberry, blackberry, & strawberry supporting every sip in the background. It’s no longer berry chic, it is Berry BOKU!. 500ml @ 14% abv. Enjoy slightly chilled or at room temperature. Try enjoying some Berry Boku with our Blueberry Ricotta Cake”

Random: This was the first meadery in New Jersey.

The body was a dark red color that I couldn’t see through. The nose was intensely fragrant with a lot of berries. I specifically noted blueberries, blackberries and currants. Raspberries came through as well. I couldn’t pick up much in the way of strawberry. There was a noted alcohol presence as well. The taste was one step away from a berry balsamic vinegar. There was a lot of tartness and unripe blueberry and blackberry. It had a sweet and syrupy honey note with warming alcohol. The body was thick and dense. The finish was lengthy with tart raspberry and currant. A bottle of this wasn’t cheap at $22 ($1.30 per ounce). I wasn’t a huge fan of this mead and had trouble getting it down. I think it would do better poured on top of an angel’s food cake. I don’t feel the need to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Trojniak Zlota Pasieka

Val and I are still watching the Golden Globes. We just saw Carrie Underwood come out with this pink dress that looks like a life jacket. It’s all sorts of terrible. It also has very large shoulder pads. I don’t think there is a way that it could be comfortable. Sting looks good, though. I also saw him recently on “Watch What Happens Live,” which is one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t think he’s aged in at least 15 years. He was actually quite funny on that show. Anyways, let’s talk about this mead that I received as a gift.

pasiekamead

ABV: 13%

Style: Mead

Trivia: This costs 19.69 zl according to a Polish website.

Random: I feel bad for some of these celebrities. Their dresses look so uncomfortable. I don’t wear dresses that often, but when I do, I at least make sure that they’re bordering on comfortable and don’t require tape to keep my parts in.

The mead poured a clear and still golden-orange color. The nose had some aggressive alcohol with perfume-like flowers and honey. The taste was also incredibly sweet with the same biting alcohol note. It also had some flowers. The body was medium thickness and not as syrupy as I expected. The had a lengthy and sticky finish with honey and booze. I have no idea how much this mead was since I received it as a gift from someone who just came back from Poland. I’m glad I tried it, but this was better suited to a cold winter’s night with nowhere to go because this would knock me on my ass.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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.

snowbeltcyser

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