Odd Elixir MeadWorks is Turning ONE!

It has been a long and interesting journey over the last year.  We have learned a lot, made some mistakes, and earned every one of our new gray hairs. BUT, best of all, we have made a lot of new friends and introduced many people to the wonderful world of mead!

A birthday deserves a party and we are busy planning a weekend full of events to celebrate surviving our first year.  I hope everyone will join us.  We wouldn't be here without our amazing customers and we can't wait to celebrate our first anniversary with you.

We are still finalizing all the details but here are a few things to look forward to:

Saturday, August 6th from noon to midnight - One Year Anniversary and National Mead Day Celebration

Join us and celebrate our ONE Year Anniversary.  There will be Special drafts tapped all day, special bottle releases, live music, guest meads and a huge raffle basket giveaway filled with Odd Elixir mead and swag!

On draft:

  • 12pm - Peaches the Friendly Ghost, Peach Mead
  • 12pm - Lim*E*rick, Key Lime Mead
  • 12pm - Green Goddess, Green Tea Mead with Peach, Mango, Pineapple, and Apple
  • 12pm - Mermaid Song, Gosemel, Tart Mead with Sea Salt, Coriander, and Orange Peel
  • 12pm - Florida Vacation, Mead with Orange and Hibiscus
  • 2pm - Blank Page, Wildflower Honey Session Mead
  • 2pm - Pink Drink, Strawberry Lemonade
  • 4pm - Paranormal Activity, Peach Mead with Ginger
  • 4pm - Chai Latte, Chai Spices and Lactose (CASK)
  • 6pm - Cherry Lime Ricky, Key Lime Mead with Cherry added
  • 6pm - Lavender Fields Forever, Lavender Lemonade
  • 7pm - It's Raining Blood Orange, Blood Orange Mead Dry Hopped with Cascade Hops (AKA #playslayer, AKA It's Always Sunny in New Fluffytown)
  • 8pm - TBD
  • 8pm - Respect Your Elders, Elderberry Mead

In bottle:

  • Djinymel, Gin and Tonic inspired mead with Botanical Spices and Lime
  • Morning Zin, Zinfandel Pyment with Trilogy Coffee
  • Poker Face, Maple Mead
  • Arnold Who, Green Tea Mead with Lemon Juice added
  • Ugly Sweat'R, Habenero Mead
  • Class of 2016, Show Mead with Honey from the Stetson University Gardens
  • No Thorns, Rhodemel, Mead with Roses, Hibisus, and Pomegranate
  • Bluereaucracy, Blueberry and Cherry Fruit Wine
  • Plum Crazy, Italian Plum Wine

Guest Mead :

  • Vikings Blood, draft
  • Moonlight Stock Up, draft 
  • Moonlight Blood Moon, draft
  • Moonlight Game Of Thrones mix pack bottles 

Sunday, August 7th at 2pm - An Afternoon at the Mazer's Table

Join our Mazer, Ann-Marie, for an intimate gathering sampling some of her favorite meads from the deep dark depths of her cellar and snacks to compliment the afternoon's libations. Hear the history of mead, the stories behind the creations, and some of the adventures of Odd Elixir's first year! Tickets are $50 per person and extremely limited.

Some of the meads include:

  • Category Five, Super Sack Sweet Mead
  • Snozzberry
  • Liquid Sex, Chocolate Cherry Mead
  • Short Story Long, Imperial Lemon Mead aged on Whiskey infused Oak
  • Class of 2016, DeLand Show Mead
  • Spiced Tangerine Honey Wine
  • more to come...

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!

A Haunting Good Name...

Last week I talked about the reason behind the name "Wilcox Cider".  This week, let's talk about Peaches.

If one believes in that sort of thing, it is easy to believe that most of Downtown DeLand is haunted.  Unfortunately not all the residents of DeLand escaped unscathed from the fire that claimed downtown in 1886 and gave us the name of our cider.  Many of the buildings in our downtown district are rumored to be haunted.  We even have ghost tours once or twice a year.

Our building is no different.  Over the years our ghost has been blamed for throwing glasses, flickering the lights, loosening the screws in the bar stools, changing the radio station, stalking the morning prep staff, and various other things.  There has been debate about the gender of our ghost but many years ago he or she was given a name that has stuck.  A previous head bartender lovingly gave our ghost the name Peaches.

Peaches has been part of the Abbey family from the very beginning and if we have learned nothing else, we have learned that Peaches does not like change.  New furniture, new paint color, change of ownership, any of these things and we can expect Peaches to get a little more active. So it came as no surprise that Peaches made herself known when we began our meadery build out.  Burst pipe in the wall, flickering lights, sudden electrical problems, CO2 system leaks all within days of making our announcement.

It was time to make a peace offering!

So, we decided to create a one-off mead in honor of our paranormal friend.  Originally called A Peach for Peaches, Peaches the Friendly Ghost has become one of our most popular meads and is now part of our year round line up. Peaches the Friendly Ghost is made with Florida Wildflower honey, lemon juice, peach nectar, and white tea to produce a dry, light and fruity mead made with the Florida climate in mind.

Peaches seems to like having her story told.  With the exception of changing the radio station to something Blair hates when he is here and playing hide and seek with Sarah in the hallway, Peaches appears to enjoy her new found fame! So next time you are at the bar, raise a toast to the oldest member of the Abbey family.