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LH 134: How Mead is Made

Learn how mead is made (in a sustainable way) with local honey and fruit

Mead is an old-fashioned drink that’s been around for centuries. If you aren’t familiar with mead, it’s an alcoholic beverage made from fermenting honey and it can be DELICIOUS.

I’ve invited Nick Lorenz of Nectar Creek Brewery on to talk about the art of crafting mead.

This drink is experiencing a resurgence thanks to companies like Nectar Creek. But they’re doing WAY more than just producing a tasty beverage. They use locally sourced honey and educate their taproom guests about the importance of honey and bees.

I’ll say ‘Cheers’ to that!

 

You will learn:

  • Why supporting the local farmer can support the bees and visa versa
  • The science and process of making mead
  • What fermentation science is and how it relates to sustainable agriculture
  • Why it’s important to these brothers that their mead be farm to table
  • Which yeast gives the best results
  • How a mead is flavored and the nuances of those flavors

Nick Lorenz:

Nick Lorenz on LivingHomegrown.com

Nick Lorenz co-founded Nectar Creek with his brother Phillip in 2012 which is located in Philomath, Oregon. Nectar Creek produces some of the finest mead in the country and they have won numerous awards for their product because of their unique flavor combinations. They recently swept the awards at the Mazer Cup, which is the largest mead competition around (winning gold, silver and bronze across the category).

But Phillip and Nick did not only create a delicious product. They were very careful to produce a mead that is “farm-to-table”.

Every ingredient is tied to local, sustainable agriculture. From the honey that is sourced 100% from sustainable beekeepers to the fruits and herbs that were pollinated by those same bees, Nectar Creek is intentional with every part of the process.

Nick directs the brand, leads marketing and event initiatives as well as runs and manages the brand new tap room and kitchen.

 

 

 

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Nectar Creek Mead

The Corvallis Brewing Supply

Infographic on Making Mead by Nectar Creek

 

Related Episodes:

Making Hard Cider – Podcast #128

 

Transcript:

Click here for the full transcript for Episode #134

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

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