So Many New Things!

If you have walked into the tasting room recently you surely noticed a certain lack of meads available.  There is nothing like getting married and having bilateral hand surgery all within two weeks of each other to put things a little off schedule.

We had an amazing wedding day with all our friends and family.  And of course we had MEAD!!!  Blair brewed up a batch of Lupuglin to satisfy our hop loving friends.  We had a fun blueberry cider available and we had our "I Do" Brew.  "I Do" Brew is a single varietal mead done with Black Mangrove honey sourced from smack dab in the middle of Mosquito Lagoon.  It was such a hit I never even got a glass!!!!!

Our plans were to remake that next year on our one year anniversary. However, since I didn't get any (this is where I pout and stomp my feet) I have decided to make a small batch for our two year Odd Elixir Anniversary coming up in August. Stay tuned for more info on that!

Of course you don't have to wait until August to get new meads from us.  After we recovered from our wedding we began a restructuring of sorts that will help us stay better on track.  Then I had my hand surgery and poor Blair was left to do pretty much everything in April.  He really is the best!  Our core meads are stocked back up and we have some fun experiments and specials coming your way soon.

Here's a sneak peek of what's coming out this weekend...

No Thorns is our Mother's Day release.  This year we used Rose, Hibiscus, and Pomegranate.  We will have this available on draft and bottle starting Friday. This year we will have a limited amount of bottles available so if you are still looking for a Mother's Day gift we've got you covered. Twelve ounce bottles are available for $15 each, limit 2 per person. After all, you are probably the reason mom drinks!

Last year we discovered that Stetson University had beehives and we were able to make a small batch of really unique mead with the honey just in time for graduation. This year we weren't able to get a hold of as much so we improvised! Class of 2017 uses local wildflower honey from NSB and is finished with Stetson honey to preserve the nuances of this unique honey.

Anyone that knows me well knows that I have a bit of an obsession with tea, Earl Grey, especially hot.  This mead is out of this world and deserves to be shared with strange new worlds. In an effort to seek out new libations, we boldly go where no mead has gone before and combine Earl Grey tea, lavender, vanilla, and lactose. This is extremely limited so it would be highly illogical if you didn't come get some right away.  You know resistance is futile.

We have had a lot of requests for another spicy mead.  Who's Your Datil will be out next month but until then we have Burn Ban for you.  We used Anaheim Peppers this time and experimented with a new way to infuse the mead with the peppers. Sometimes experiments don't go as planned and this one didn't turn out as spicy as some had hoped.  It is still quite tasty though with a little hint of smoke in the background! 

It's Raining Blood Orange (#playslayer) debuted at our 1 year anniversary. It was brewed in honor of a local, not so secret, meme filled, #hashtagloving, more inside jokes than I can keep up with, group of beer nerds.  Strange inside jokes and bad memes aside, It's Raining Blood Orange is done with wildflower honey, blood orange puree, and dry hopped with Cascade hops.

It's carrot cake. What else can I say?  Who doesn't love carrot cake?  (If you just raised your hand I may have to rethink our friendship!!) We have organic carrot juice, a healthy dose of cinnamon and vanilla, and finished off with some lactose to add creaminess!

And that's not all but I have to keep a few secrets.  You will just have to stop by and check things out this week.

Mark Your Calenders!

Abbey celebrates their 11th Anniversary on May 20th.  We are releasing 4 brand new meads all brewed especially for Abbey's birthday party; Birthday Cake, Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys, and The Freak Show. By special request we will also have Plum Crazy and Fram-Boy-Zee available on draft.

Our First Beer Week!!

I've been a part of Volusia Beer Week since its inception.  This year is a little different.  This is the first year we are an honest to goodness 'thing'.  We aren't beer but we are still part of the amazing growing craft beverage community in Volusia County and we couldn't be prouder.

Here are a few things we have going on this week:

Drink Volusia Bus Tour - Jan 30th - We are stop 1 on our 8 hour tour!

Odd MANgo Out Release - Jan 31st - Our last keg until summer is being tapped

Volusia Stout Night @ Abbey - Feb 1st - Five of the stoutest beers from Volusia County brewers are being tapped.  If all goes as planned we will have Kinetic ready to go.  It is being a little temperamental at the moment so our back up plan is to tap the first ever keg of Bandwagon, our brand new Hard Rootbeer!

Live Beer Trivia @ Abbey - Feb 2nd, 8p to 10p - Hosted by Yours Truly. All beer related trivia and the prizes are tickets to DeLand Craft Beer Festival

Tasting at Barley Barrel in NSB - Feb 3rd, 4p to 7p - Come sample 3 different meads at New Smyrna's newest craft bottle shop!

Brews and Bowties - Feb 4th, 7p to 10p - We are super excited to be a part of one of the best beer pairing dinners in Florida.  Nicknamed A Dinner of Gastronomic Proportions, this dinner features 12 different libations paired with food from 12 local chefs.  We are lucky enough to be providing 2 different meads for this dinner, Paranormal Activity and Morning Zin. Paranormal Activity starts off as Peaches the Friendly Ghost but is finished with candied ginger.  It is being paired with a Chinese 5-spice scallop and a carrot ginger risotto from J and D Catering. Morning Zin is a Zinfandel Pyment aged on whiskey infused oak and finished with toasted honey and Trilogy Coffee natural process Honduran coffee.  It is being paired with a Coffee Chocolate Biscotti and a Zinfandel Jam from Sarah's Sweets.

DeLand Craft Beer Festival - Feb 6th, 1p to 5pm - 75 breweries, 350 beers, how can you go wrong!  Come see us in the Hyperlocal section at Cafe Davinci.  We will have all kinds of goodies!