View Full Version : B. Nektar Grand Opening and Mead Day Celebration

07-18-2008, 06:09 PM
B. Nektar is releasing their meads!! Read the full story on Gotmead News (http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1651&Itemid=444)

07-18-2008, 06:14 PM
Thats awesome - Congrats Brad!!!

Yo momma
07-18-2008, 06:37 PM
When I went and helped bottle, I got to try his Wildberry Pyment. It was fantastic. The flavor was very good and the deep purple color looked awesome in the glass. Good long legs with a great honey flavor at the end. I was very impressed witht he set up and how they were able to bring it about. Congrads Brad and I'm looking forward to your next bottling! :icon_thumleft:

07-18-2008, 06:50 PM
WAY TO GO, BRAD!! May you sell out before you know it!!! (I wish that I could get some of your stuff here in Colorado.)

07-18-2008, 07:07 PM
I sampled the Wildberry Pyment. It was excellent. It put me in mind of a good Burgundy, but with a bit of sweetness. Lots of flavor & complexity, bold intro on the tongue and *long* finish. I only wish I could have taken some bottles with me, but alas, they weren't ready yet.

07-19-2008, 07:10 AM
I am proud to say that I was honored to be part of history last Sunday when I too assisted Brad bottle his first commercial batch - those Enolmatics are worth their weight in gold !!! We're having some guests over today and mead from B.Nektar willl be part of the offerings.

Good job Brad and again, congratulations !!!

- GL63

Brad Dahlhofer
07-21-2008, 06:51 PM
Thanks a lot everyone! The support I've received here is awesome. This is a very great little community we have here. As you noticed, I haven't posted much lately. We've all been busting our asses to make sure we're ready for August 2nd.

I just got an e-mail from the Detroit News this morning. They want to write an article on the meadery. I ended up on the phone with the reporter for over half an hour. They're going to run the article on Thursday before Mead Day. I'm expecting at least 200 people. As you can probabaly guess, there's a lot of nervous excitement at the Dahlhofer house lately.

To top this all, Chace (our 6 1/2 month son) started crawling a couple weeks ago. We can't take our eyes off him. His newest trick is pulling himself up to a standing position. This kid's going to be trouble. :)


Yo momma
07-30-2008, 07:40 PM
WOO HOO!!!!!! :toothy10:

Two days until the opening. Who's going to be there? I know my wife and I are! I am also bringing some samples of some up and coming meads. Hope I get some good feedback. :drunken_smilie:

Brad Dahlhofer
07-31-2008, 09:49 AM
This article was published in the Detroit News this morning. I'm hoping it brings a lot of people to the event.
B. Nektar Article (http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080731/OPINION03/807310388/1423/LIFESTYLE10)

07-31-2008, 10:57 AM
Nice job of "educating the public," Brad! You've at least convinced Sandra that serious mead deserves to be considered along side grape wine. Way to go!!

PS - My supply order from "All About Mead" arrived yesterday. I can now personally vouch for the store -- EVERYONE, note this! Brad's meadmaking supply operation is every bit as professionally run as the meadery. Great products, competitive prices, and VERY FAST shipping!

08-02-2008, 07:16 PM
You had a nice crowd around 4pm when I buzzed through. Hopefully things went well, and you created a lot of future customers! 8)

08-02-2008, 08:01 PM
That write up in "The News" was excellent! I wish I could have been there to help celebrate the grand opening. It sounds like a pretty auspicious occasion for everyone involved. I doubt I'll be cruising by B. Nektar any time soon (since I live out west now), but I'll definitely be using the "All About Mead" website for some of my upcoming material orders.

Kudos on the opening Brad. I hope all your plans for the new meadery come true for you and your growing family. Just think GROWTH!!! Next time I come back to MI to visit family I'll sure try to come out and see the operation. That is, if you're doing tours at that time of course.

08-02-2008, 08:38 PM
Congrats on the opening Brad! Your efforts definitely prove that with some persistence and passion a dedicated meadmaker can do wonderful things, it's very inspiring to a relative newbie like me. Good luck to you sir I wish I could have been there to see the festivities. Cheers! :notworthy:

Brad Dahlhofer
08-02-2008, 09:52 PM
Now, I know I should be chilling out right now since I'm running on only 4 hours sleep, but I had to send out some Thank You's to quite a lot of people for making this day such an enormous success, not only for B. Nektar, but for mead in general.

Yo Mamma, you absolutely ROCK! I can't believe how you not only drove about an hour (or more) just to be here today, but then jumped right into the action when we were getting swamped (which was most of the day) and helped out. You are a godsend! I absolutely loved your meads, too! Also, thanks to the Fred Bonjour from the AHA, The Detroit News, Channel 4, and everyone else that helped promote this event. We estimate that we had about 300 people through our doors today. In addition, I think we had 10 or so people purchase a kit, or make a mead at the meadery.

Thanks again to everyone that came. I wish I could have hung out and talked to you all individually. The chamber of commerce is trying to convince us to get a storefront in the downtown, but until then we're talking about hosting an open house once a month.


Yo momma
08-03-2008, 07:47 AM
Yeah I was impressed with the turnout. Alot of people there were the "wine tasters" and have not tried mead before. Also alot of them were surprised at the flavor of a traditional as well as the Pyment. Many walked out with bottles and talked about returning when the next open house happens. What a great experience seeing people that had no knowledge of mead turn and buy a few bottles and speak so highly of it. I would drive another hour just to see that happen again and I got to help them start there first mead, what an honor. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to help with such a great event. Anytime you need help give me a shout and I'll be there if possible. :icon_thumright:

Paying your bills is a bonus too! :laughing7:

08-03-2008, 11:38 AM
Congrats on what looks to have been an excellent event for the meadery and for mead in general.

Nicely done gents!