Dram – (Noun)
A unit of measure equal to 1/8th of a fluid ounce; Informally, a small amount of spirituous liquor, especially Scotch Whiskey.

There are certainly a lot of exciting things going on in the world of craft spirits these days. New craft distilleries are opening every day, and distillers are trying their hand at traditional styles as well as experimenting with new techniques. New products are hitting the market all the time, and many of them are making their way to NJ. It’s not just distilled spirits either – mead is experiencing a renaissance as well, with new meaderies popping up all over the country, many of them pushing the boundaries of what we traditionally think of as mead. There’s a real spirit of innovation and experimentation in the craft world, and it’s no longer limited to just beer. We here at Hunterdon think this is all pretty fascinating stuff – and when we hear about something awesome, we want to share it with all of you. Up until now, what with all the other areas of the website being primarily beer focused, whenever we wanted to share something about craft spirits, or mead, or sake, there wasn’t really a place that made sense to put it.

To solve that problem, we decided to carve out our own dedicated space. We’d like to introduce the newest section of the Hunterdon website – Drinks & Drams. If it’s new, exciting, and relates to spirits or mead, you’ll find it here, and we plan to make this a virtual repository for all things pertaining to the Hunterdon Spirits division. So bookmark the site and be sure to check back often for new releases, reviews, cocktail recipes, and other fun spirits, mead, and sake related updates.

And speaking of both mead and new things–we’ve just released a few brand new meads here in NJ. What better way to debut our new mead and spirits area on the web then by introducing some exciting new releases, and a whole new meadery?

Check them out, give them a try, and let us know what you think!

New Additions to B Nektar Draft Lineup

If you’re a mead enthusiast, I’m sure you’ve heard of B. Nektar Meadery by now. If not, here’s the perfect opportunity to check out what they have to offer, with the return of their Evil Genius IPA-style Mead, and their newest session mead, Necromangocon!

We’ve seen Evil Genius before, but this new batch got a little bit of a makeover. The new recipe is a little dryer (less sweet) and has even more hops, but it also employs some American oak post-fermentation, which helps it maintain body and complexity. Necromangocon is all new, and is an exciting blend of mango, honey, and black pepper, fermented using saison yeast to accentuate both the fruity and spicy characteristics. As if just the recipes alone weren’t enough to entice you, take a look at the label art and descriptions:


In an obscure industrial lair resides the man known only as the evil Dr. I.P.A. Using his hadron collider, hidden deep underground, he has conducted his most remarkable experiment to date. The result is a perfect balance of honey and hops. But there are side-effects… His lab rats can’t get enough of the stuff. And soon, neither will you. Introducing the Evil Genius – the big bang is no longer a theory, it’s your reality.

 

Swallow this …

Many years ago, a mysterious book was discovered by a group of friends in a Ferndale, MI basement. A translation of its contents reveled the recipe for an ancient beverage using mango juice, honey, and black pepper. What they didn’t realize was that creating the beverage had dire consequences. Stricken by fear after its completion, the friends tried to contain the terrifying forces into this very bottle. Once opened, however, no one can say for sure it if can be conquered. Defend your soul or join us …

B. Smart – B. S-MART.

These styles join the ever-popular Zombie Killer to round out the session mead series from B.Nektar. All three styles are available in 500ml bottles, as well as 1/6 bbl kegs.

Moonlight Meadery comes to NJ

We’re also excited to announce that we have now begun distribution of Moonlight Meadery here in NJ.

Located in Londonderry, NH, Moonlight Meadery has been producing delicious, premium meads since 2010. Their founder Michael Fairbrother, on the other hand, can trace the start of his mead making journey back much further – to when he tried his first Cyser style mead in 1995. Since then Michael has been honing his craft, and now Moonlight Meadery affords him the opportunity to put his expertise and love for mead into the bottle for you to taste.

“Mead to me is passion, it’s about living and love, it’s about enjoyment, family and friends, and sharing.” – Michael Fairbrother, Founder and Mead Maker

We are introducing the brand to NJ with the following 4 styles:

Sensual: Traditional mead, made from just wildflower honey. This award winning recipe is a showcase of honey that is aromatic, flavorful, deliciously sweet (but not overly so!) and has a long lasting finish. It’s a great place to start for the inquisitive newcomer to mead.

Desire: Enticing complex blend of blueberries, black cherries and blackcurrants, balanced with the basic elements of mead: honey, water, and yeast. Their flagship mead!

Wild: A pleasurable indulgence: unprocessed New Hampshire wildflower honey and wild mountain blueberries from Alton Bay, NH. It’s a great introduction to the world of melomels (fruit meads).

Kurt’s Apple Pie: Made from local apple cider with Madagascar-bourbon vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon spice added. This mead is a great after dinner dessert wine that is a perfect finish to any holiday meal – or try over ice cream for a less filling last course! Named after Michael’s lifetime best friend Kurt Demmer, for sharing his recipe.

Look for them on your local store shelves, and if you don’t see them, ask your retailer to bring them in. We’ve got plenty, and we love to share.

Cheers!

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