B. Nektar and Against the Grain coming from Abu Nawas this week!

Tons of liquids coming from B. Nektar meadery and Against the Grain brewery this week from Abu Nawas. Here’s the drop:

B. Nektar:

  • B. Nektar Wildberry Pyment 12/375ml – 10th Anniversary Grape honey wine. A ‘Pyment’ (pie-ment) is a mead made with grapes. This one is made with clover honey, shiraz grape juice, and natural wildberry concentrate. It is full bodied and semi-sweet. Makes a great sangria or try it over ice as a spritzer.
  • B. Nektar Totally Strawberry 12/500ml – Mead with Strawberries. 6.1% ABV
  • B. Nektar Core Crusher 12/500ml – Bone-dry hard cider. Encompassing the apple in its entirety. Slightly tannic with balanced acidity and medium body. Notes of earth and barn wood complement the dry, refreshing finish. 6.5% ABV. ***Great Price***
  • B. Nektar Zombie Killer 12/500ml – Deep Pink Hard Cider with Michigan Star Thistle Honey and Tart Cherries. Perfection. 5.5% ABV.
  • B. Nektar New Wave Lemonade 12/500ml – Orange blossom honey mead with blueberries and lemon. 6.3% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Punk Lemonade Cider 12/500ml – Raspberry & Lemon Hard Cider. 100 % Gluten Free. Mildy tart apple and lemon character that flows into a light raspberry sweetness. Medium body with a full mouth experience balancing sweet, tart and acidity. Refreshing sweet/tart finish. ***Great Price***
  • B. Nektar NECRO 12/500ml – Mango mead with black pepper. Fruity mango wine backed by citrusy honey brightness. Finishes with lively black pepper. 6.2% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Tuco Style Freakout 12/500ml – Mead with Orange Blossom Honey, Agave Nectar, Lime Juice and Lime Zest. 6% ABV. #BreakingBad

Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse:

  • Against the Grain 35K 6/4/16oz CAN – Not your typical “Jelly of the Month Club” beer. Dark roasted malt and bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavor and aroma burst from this pitch black milk stout. The full body and sweetness are derived from the addition of lactose (aka milk sugar) which is not fermentable by beer yeast. A healthy dose of English Kent Goldings hops provides a counterpoint to this ale’s rich and complex maltiness. 7% ABV.
  • Against the Grain A Beer 6/4/16oz CAN – When its time for a beer, you deserve the best. You deserve a super premium winner every time. You deserve A Beer. A Beer is a cold, refreshing lager and #1 at being the best. So whether you’re ready to crack one or crush one, make sure its A Beer. 4.5% ABV.
  • Against the Grain Citra Ass Down 6/4/16oz CAN – This beer is not candy or mother’s milk. It is not brewed by gypsies or aliens, nor does it contain any zombie dirt. This is an American Style IPA brewed with Citra Hops. It is citrusy, sticky, hoppy and delicious. Simply drink it and enjoy it. 8.2% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain Pile of Face 6/4/16oz CAN – American IPA. 6.5% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain Retitled Pils 6/4/16oz CAN – Pilsner Lager. 5% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain The Brown Note 6/4/16oz CAN – The brown ale to end all brown ales. Enjoy it, because there is no longer any reason to drink another. You’ve reached the pinnacle. 5% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain Fish Boi 6/4/16oz CAN – Refreshing Ale with Strawberry & Rhubarb. 3.2% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain / Hoof Hearted Clearly Everybody Wants Some 6/4/16/oz CAN – This “Hazy Boi” IPA is a hop lover’s dream featuring the juiciest hops & all the lupulin haze you need! 7.2% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain Gettin Limboed in Kentiki 6/4/16/oz CAN – Pineapple, Mango Sour Ale that’s as tropical and tikified as a riverside cabana. 6.5% ABV. ATG
  • Against the Grain Jorge Castaña 6/4/16oz CAN – Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale brewed with Roasted Chestnuts. 10% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain Cellarless Keller 6/4/16oz CAN – Malty, balanced German-style Kellerbier aged with oak alternatives that result in a spicy, floral aroma and flavors that complement this lager and replicates the old-style wooden cask character. 5.8% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain / Freigeist Gegen Den Strom: Lichtenhainer 6/4/16oz CAN – A Traditional German Style Smoked Sour Beer. 4.7% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain / Freigeist Gegen Den Strom: Zerbster Bitterbier 6/4/16oz CAN – Traditional German-style smoked beer. 6.8% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain Snap, Carakale, and Hop 6/4/16oz CAN – A Middle Eastern Style IPA collaboration brew between Against the Grain and Carakale Brewing (Jordan). Made with dates and goat lactose. 6.5% ABV. 
  • Amager/Against the Grain Pocketful of Dollars 12/500 ml. A delicious Danish Collaboration Imperial Rye Lager. 6.9% ABV.

Cider and Mead drop coming from Abu Nawas: B Nektar and Moonlight

A bunch of cider and mead will be coming to our shelves this week courtesy of Abu Nawas. Here we go!

B NEKTAR

  • B. Nektar Dwarf Invasion 12/500ml – Lambic-inspired Mead with tart Balaton cherries and Styrian Golding Hops. 6.1% ABV.
  • B. Nektar New Wave Lemonade 12/500ml – Orange blossom honey mead with blueberries and lemon. 6.3% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Punk Lemonade Cider 12/500ml – Raspberry & Lemon Hard Cider. 100 % Gluten Free. Mildy tart apple and lemon character that flows into a light raspberry sweetness. Medium body with a full mouth experience balancing sweet, tart and acidity. Refreshing sweet/tart finish. 6.3% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Shadow Thicket 12/375ml – Wildflower honey, raspberry, and black currant. Bold, tart black currant compliments by ripe raspberry character and subtle honey bitterness. Full-bodied with bright acidity and mouth-watering sweet, tart finish. 14% ABV.  ***VERY LIMITED***
  • B. Nektar Dragons Are Real (Dragon’s Milk barrel-aged mead) 12/375ml. For the Game of Thrones in you! Essential Elements – Wildflower honey, tart cherry juice, smoky chipotle peppers, and cacao nibs, aged in New Holland Dragon’s Milk barrels. 14% ABV ***Limited***
  • B. Nektar Cherry Chipotle12/375ml – Delicious Deep ruby-red Still Mead with a well balanced Chipotle Heat finish. 14% ABV. ***Limited***
  • B. Nektar Blood Amulet 12/500ml – Fresh pressed Michigan cider, raspberry, & cranberry. 6.2% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Believe (American Gods) 12/500ml. Collab. with the critically acclaimed TV show American Gods. Believe is Fresh Pressed Michigan Cider and Orange Blossom Honey. 5.6% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Core Crusher 12/500ml – Bone-dry hard cider. Encompassing the apple in its entirety. Slightly tannic with balanced acidity and medium body. Notes of earth and barn wood complement the dry, refreshing finish. 6.5% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Prickly Pear Kill All The Golfers 12/500ml. Rich Honey and notes of Prickly Pear fruit contribute a mild sweetness followed by mildly bitter black tea and tart notes of lemon. 6% ABV.
  • B. Nektar NECRO 12/500ml – Mango mead with black pepper. Fruity mango wine backed by citrusy honey brightness. Finishes with lively black pepper. 6.2% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Zombie Killer 12/500ml – Deep Pink Hard Cider with Michigan Star Thistle Honey and Tart Cherries. Perfection. 5.5% ABV.

MOONLIGHT MEADERY

  • Moonlight Currant Obsession 4/6/12oz CAN – Black currant and apple session mead. Tart black currants and crisp apples combine into a bright and refreshing session mead, balanced by smooth floral honey characteristics. This session mead is everything you want. 6.8% ABV. ***NEW CAN***
  • Moonlight Meadery Bourbon Barrel Aged Kurt’s Apple Pie 12/375ml – We took our best selling Kurt’s Apple Pie and aged it 6 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels! Luscious and smooth with rich bourbon character, this limited release mead is everything you want and more. ***Limited***
  • Moonlight Meadery Kurt’s Apple Pie 12/375ml. Mead with Madagascar vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon. 14% ABV. Two-time medal winner at the Mazer Cup International
  • Moonlight Monkey Bread 12/375ml – Mead from Certified Organic Brazilian Wildflower Honey with Banana, Cinnamon, and Fresh Maple Syrup. Smooth bananas and fresh maple syrup combine with a kiss of cinnamon to create a delicious dessert style mead reminiscent of banana bread. Almost has a pecan nuttiness as well. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Sensual 12/375ml. Sweet Wildflower honey mead. 15.3% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Smitten 12/375ml – Sweet Peach Mead. Fresh and juicy like a fresh peach on a summer day. Delicate floral honey accentuates the peaches to create an irresistible mead that’s sure to leave you smitten. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Paramour 12/375ml – Black Currant, Black Cherry, Black Raspberry, Blueberry Mead. Rich and complex layers of juicy sweet berry flavor and soft tartness greet the palate. 14% ABV
  • Moonlight Meadery Madagascar 12/375ml – Made from Madagascar-Bourbon vanilla beans, honey, water, and yeast. Then vanilla flowers blend with the honey to create this delicious delight, with a strong yet balanced flavor, the aroma is of vanilla and the local New Hampshire wildflower honey. 13.7% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Blissful 12/375ml – Made from honey, black currants, blueberries, and black raspberries. A delicious and juicy berry combination with a slightly tart finish. The flavor is bold enough to pair with any meal, dark chocolates, or with a cheese plate. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight BA How Do You Like Them Apples 24/12oz CAN – Bourbon Barrel Aged New England Style Sparkling Sweet Hard Cider. Barrels Aged for a minimum of 6 months. 13.5% ABV.
  • Moonlight Little Apples 6/4/12oz CAN – Semi Dry Hard Cider Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. Made with the finest New England Apples. 6.5% ABV.

Abu Nawas drops this week: Against the Grain, B Nektar + Schramm Mead!

Some brews and some mead this week being dropped by Abu Nawas! Here’s the latest:

AGAINST THE GRAIN

  • Against the Grain 35K 6/4/16oz CAN – ATG’s Infamous Milk Stout. 7.7% ABV.
  • Against the Grain The Brown Note6/4/16oz CAN – The brown ale to end all brown ales. Enjoy it, because there is no longer any reason to drink another. 5% ABV.
  • Against the Grain Citra Ass Down 6/4/16oz CAN – The Anticipated return of one of our Favorites. Double IPA brewed with Citra hops. It is sticky, hoppy and delicious. 8.2% ABV.
  • Against the Grain Pile of Face 6/4/16oz CAN – A Delicious American IPA from our Kentucky friends. 6.5% ABV.
  • Against the Grain Rico Sauvin IPA 6/4/16oz CAN – A Double India Pale Ale featuring a whole bunch of Nelson Sauvin hops GOODNESS! 8.2% ABV.
  • Against the Grain Mixed Case 750ml Includes:
    • 2 Bottles of Atilla the Hen – An imperial version of Kentucky Ryed Chiquen. A rye amber ale aged in rye bourbon barrels. 12.7% ABV.
    • 2 Bottles of 70K – Take awesome and double it can only result in double awesome. It’s math. This is essentially the 35K recipe doubled. Double roasty, double chocolatey, double creamy, double delicious. Then they decided to make it 2.5X awesome by aging it in Angel’s Envy barrels for a really, really long time. The bourbon and oak flavors perfectly compliment the massive flavors in the double mega imperial milk stout. You don’t swim in this beer, it swims in you! 13.1% ABV.
    • 2 Bottles of Johann Paycheque – A Wine barrel-aged sour with Brettanomyces. 6.5% ABV
    • 2 Bottles of Herbie Samplecock – French Saison to transcend the noise. Additions of Lemon Balm and Lemon Verbena to the aroma of herbs and fresh-zested lemon. French Saison yeast contributes a floral, peppery flavor and light-body, and a load of spelt in the mash keep it balanced with a hint of richness. Take that beautiful base beer, then age it 6 months with Brett Clausenii and you have a bright, funky, tart Saison with layers of citrus, herbs, hay, and acidity that bring this beer to a new level.
    • 4 Bottles of Brett The Hipman Hop – American Wild Ale. This beer is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.

B Nektar

  • B. Nektar Zombie Killer 500ml – Deep Pink Cider with Michigan Star Thistle Honey and Tart Cherries. Perfection. 5.5% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Prickly Pear Kill All The Golfers 500ml.- Rich Honey and notes of Prickly Pear fruit contribute a mild sweetness followed by mildly bitter black tea and tart notes of lemon. 6% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Kill All The Golfers 500ml – Mead with Orange Blossom Honey, Black Tea, and Lemon Juice. 6% ABV. Think of A boozy Arnold Palmer!
  • B. Nektar Tuco Style Freakout 500ml. Mead with Orange Blossom Honey, Agave Nectar, Lime Juice, and Lime Zest. 6% ABV. #BreakingBad
  • B. Nektar Punk Lemonade Cider 500ml – Raspberry & Lemon Hard Cider. 100 % Gluten Free. Mildy tart apple and lemon character that flows into a light raspberry sweetness. Medium body with a full mouth experience balancing sweet, tart and acidity. Refreshing sweet/tart finish.
  • B. Nektar Core Crusher (Dry Cider) 500ml – Bone-dry hard cider. Encompassing the apple in its entirety. Slightly tannic with balanced acidity and medium body. Notes of earth and barn wood complement the dry, refreshing finish. 6.5% ABV
  • B. Nektar Believe (American Gods) 500ml – B.Nektar is excited to announce it has partnered with the critically acclaimed TV show American Gods. Believe is Fresh Pressed Michigan Cider and Orange Blossom Honey. 5.6% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Stupid Man Suit 500ml – Ruby Red Cider with Michigan Balaton Cherry, Raspberry, and Black Currants. Simply Delicious! 5.5% ABV. #DonnieDarko
  • B. Nektar Dragons Are Real (Dragon’s Milk barrel-aged mead) 375ml. For the Game of Thrones in you! Essential Elements – Wildflower honey, tart cherry juice, smoky chipotle peppers, and cacao nibs, aged in New Holland Dragon’s Milk barrels. 14% ABV 
  • B. Nektar Rhube Strawburg 500ml – Mead made with orange blossom honey, strawberry juice and pressed rhubarb. A combination from the Heavens 6.2% ABV.

Schramms

  • SCHRAMM BRAMBLE 12/375ML – Bramble possesses some of the most concentrated and delicious flavors in the world of fruit. Blackberries, black raspberries, heritage red raspberries, and boysenberries create a composite of harmony, poise, and mouth-watering proportionality. Densely fruity, dark, and wonderfully balanced – an expression of quality from branch to bottle.
  • SCHRAMM CHRISSIE 12/750ML – Chrissie balances the flavors of bright, juicy red currants, earthy, robust black currants and California True Source Certified orange blossom honey. This mead pairs beautifully with black pepper rubbed sirloin, a citrus salad or your favorite Kenneth McKellar song.
  • SCHRAMM GINGER 12/375ML or 12/750ml – Schramm’s Ginger is a full-throated, unapologetic expression of pure grated ginger and honey. Honey sweetness is balanced by full ginger flavor with a touch of spiciness, making this mead a perfect choice to pair with spicy Indian, Ethiopian or Thai cuisine, grilled Korean mackerel or flavorful sushi and sashimi. It also pairs well with dark chocolate and is a great addition to a whiskey ginger cocktail or a moscow mule. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM MADELINE 12/375MLor 12/750ml – Schramm’s Madeline is our boysenberry mead, made with whole boysenberries and Michigan honey. A cross between European raspberry, common blackberry and American dewberry, the boysenberry has a unique tannic flavor which combines wonderfully with carefully selected premium honey. The resulting mead is thick, jammy and extremely flavorful and pours dark purple with a very smooth, lightly tart finish. This mead is a tribute to our favorite, tiny release to date, Madeline June Schramm Naeger. Ten percent of sales of this mead are donated to the Royal Oak Beaumont NICU, where Madeline spent nearly the first three months of her life. She was beautiful when she was born, but we know she will continue to mature beautifully with age. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM MARIONBERRY 12/375ML – Marionberry is a melomel made purely from Willamette Valley Marion Blackberries. Like our ‘Blackberry’, Marionberry has a full, natural fruit acidity that is balanced by premium Orange Blossom honey sweetness to create an extremely flavorful mead. Very dark in color, the Marionberries provide a jammy, juicy fruit-forward character. This mead has great aging potential for many years, though it’s pure fresh fruit character may make it difficult to leave alone for long. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM RASPBERRY 12/375ML or 12/750ml – Schramm’s Raspberry is a mead made from whole Michigan raspberries. The flavor is unmistakably fruity raspberry, reminiscent of Michigan summers, and is balanced by honey sweetness. Due to the high level of acidity from the berries, it can age gracefully for many years. A tribute to our home state’s strong fruit growing tradition, this was the first mead made by head meadmaker Ken Schramm. It holds a special place in our history as well as our cellar. This melomel pairs well with grilled Great Lakes salmon, salads, cheesecake, and summer evening bonfires by the lake. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM RED AGNES 12/375ML – Schramm’s Red Agnes is finely balanced Melomel. Red currants provide deep floral aromatics, a fruitier initial impression, more focused acidity, and a stunning cardinal hue. This mead is dangerously drinkable with a delicately balanced acidity which allows the honey and fruit to sing in harmony together. 14% ABV

Distro Rumor: B. Nektar Coming to Iowa?

B-Nektar-Meadery-Logo.jpgLast night I heard some rumblings that B. Nektar Meadery will start making their way to Eastern Iowa shelves and even possible showing up at Benz Beer Fest today! B. Nektar is located in Ferndale, MI and is known for making some of the most award-winning meads and ciders in the country. Their Zombie Killer is one of the most highly regarded ciders in the country. They have a huge lineup of ciders, meads, and they also brew beer. Fingers crossed that this rumor is proven to be true! Here’s more on B. Nektar:

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 it’s 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.

B. Nektar was the first meadery to join the ranks on the top 100 best breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com, and has remained there since 2013.

This hasn’t been confirmed yet so stay tuned for more info. Please take a look at B. Nektar’s site for a list of the meads and ciders. Safe to say, this would be a huge “get” for Iowa! Exciting news folks!

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