Dwarf Invasion B Nektar

B Nektar Dwarf Invasion

© 2013 popsonhops

Dwarf Invasion
Tasting: December 7, 2013
Style: Mead (honey wine)
Beer #: 505

A couple of years ago, my brother-in-law Dave set up several beehives on his property. His yield was remarkable this year and he provided me with eight pounds of his prized bamboo flower honey. Coincidentally, the perfect amount to make a couple of gallons of sweet mead. The photo shows the blackberry on the left and the blueberry on the right (black & blue theme). I’ve made mead before – once such batch was for my wedding since it is purported that the term honeymoon comes from mead. The story goes that if the couple drank mead (honey) for one month (a moon) that a son would be born. I guess I made a time release batch as we were blessed with two sons albeit twelve and fourteen years later.

I’ve seen honey-based beer called “braggot” to me Mead is more akin to wine. However, the mead I made for my wedding was carbonated with the strength of champagne. A few popped their caps during the course of the day. This mead is made with honey, cherries and they indicate on the label that they added hops. It checks in at a beer-like ABV of 6%.

I like the label – reminds me of my kid’s latest obsession – Clash of Clans. On the label, they explain that dwarfs are the little craft brewers taking on the giant beer conglomerates. Their website tells a different and more interesting tale of the legend of the Detroit Dwarf. The dwarf would appear randomly throughout Detroit history and is thought to be a bad omen. My friend Mark is a big Lions fan – I’ll have to pass on this explanation.

Pours a rich red color. No or little carbonation – so, to me, it would be more mead than braggot. Big time fruit – a sweet and sour cherry bomb. It takes a few sips to let your palate wrap itself around the explosion. Sour undertone like a Belgian Lambic. Not picking up any of the hop influence. It is refreshing. I think the 500 ml is a bit too much for me – it would be perfect to share with a few friends. If you are into the cider craze – this might be a nice alternative. For a cross-over style – it’s nice 85 points. I can only hope my batch comes out as well.

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