B. Nektar Meadery follows up Zombie Killer with killer India pale ale
The guys over at B. Nektar Meadery in Ferndale have done it again.
Last year, they came up with Zombie Killer — a mead made from apple cider, wildflower honey and tart cherries, which became an instant hit and the company couldn't keep up with demand.
This year, they have come up with Evil Genius, an India pale ale-style mead with the sharp bitterness of a traditional IPA but drink s a little lighter.
Founders Brad Dahlhofer and Paul Zimmerman say this could be the first-ever IPA-style mead in the world.
Evil Genius is made with Michigan wildflower honey and "an insane amount of hops." It can be found at B. Nektar Meadery's headquarters, at 1505 Jarvis St., beginning May 11 but won't hit stores until May 14.
"I have been a home brewer for years and am a big fan of craft brewing," Dahlhofer said. "Even though we can't sell our product at beer festivals because it's technically not beer, we have always thought of ourselves as a brewery."
The IPA-style mead is an alcoholic beverage with an A.B.V. of about 6 percent and is made from honey and hops.
"Everyone has their own take on how to brew an IPA," Dahlhofer said. "Ours is a lot lighter than the big, heavy ones."
Evil Genius will be sold in both five-gallon kegs — for bars only — and 500-milliliter bottles.