Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
1511 Jarvis, Ferndale, MI 48220
Time: 2pm - 8pm
All ages welcome.
The taproom will also be open this year during the event and will be pouring items not available at the festival.
Also: See our Frequently Asked Questions
You can enter from either the North or South side of the parking lot.
Bottle sales will be in the bay door on the Southernmost part of the parking lot.
When you arrive, we will check your ID to verify age and mark you for drinking if you are over 21.
You can then purchase drink tickets. Drinks to be consumed at the festival are purchased with tickets.
Tickets are sold in sets of 6 tickets for $9
Special Bottle Releases
- Black Currant Cider
- Raspberry Cider
- Dry Hopped Zombie Killer
- Peach Kill all the Golfers
- Prickly Pear Kill all the Golfers
- Tropical Kill all the Golfers
- Zombies Take Manhattan
- Dread Pirate Paul
- One-Eyed Ian
Music and Food
- Treat Dreams (craft ice cream inspired by our meads)
- Buffy's Mexicasian
- Detroit BBQ Co.
- Dago Joe's
- Rollin Stone Pizza
Are you a returning guest?
- More bars with fewer selections per bar means shorter lines
- New/improved bottle and merchandise system
- More food trucks.
Q: Can I bring my dog/cat/dragon?
A: As much as we'd like to say yes, our insurance agent said it's not a good idea. Sorry.
Q: Can I order my bottles ahead of time and have you hold them for me?
A: Sorry, but this becomes a logistical nightmare. So there is no pre-ordering of bottles. It's first-come, first served. We recommend getting your bottles first, then hang out and enjoy the party.
Q: Where do I park?
A: We've made arrangements with our neighbors at ISI (to the North) to use their parking lot. When (and it will) fills up, you can park along the street on Jarvis, or in the surrounding neighborhoods. There is also more parking along the street to the north on Academy.
Q: Can I bring my kids?
A: We have co-founders and employees that bring their kids every year. In fact, co-founder Brad and Kerri's oldest son was less than a year old when we opened, and they brought him to the event. We certainly welcome you to bring your kids with you. Just remember that it is a alcohol related event, so use your best judgement. We obviously aren't going to be serving anyone underage. The crowd is pretty low-key and not rowdy.
Release: August 2nd 2014 (meadery only release)
Because we felt that releasing a new batch of The Zombies Take Manhattan wasn't enough for you, we are unveiling our newest rum barrel aged mini-series at the upcoming 2014 Summer Mead Fest. The Pirates of the Meadery series, featuring One-Eyed Ian, and The Dread Pirate Paul. (you either get it, or someone will have to explain it to you)
Dread Pirate Paul
Sweet / Still Mead
The Dread Pirate Paul is a special limited run of date mead aged in rum barrels with spices. Only 2 barrels were made, so we don't antipicate this making it far from the meadery, if it leaves at all. If you're a fan of the movie, The Princess Bride you may get the label. Otherwise, I suggest you log in to Netflix or whatever movie subscription site you have and watch it now. I'll wait...
Label Description: Mead. Mead is what bwings us togevah today. It is inconceivable that this mead was made given the hardships the Dread Pirate Paul had to endure; the date pits of despair, the MOUS's (meadmakers of unusual size), and scaling the rum barrels charred in the depths of the fire swamps, stacked as high as the cliffs of insanity. All for true love. Chilled or cellar temp, drink it as you wish.
Sweet / Still Mead
Only 2 barrels made of this new take on an old B. Nektar classic. It's doubtful that this one will make it out of the meadery. Yes, that really is a picture of Ian. Kerri is super awesome at Photoshop.
Label Description: While fleeing from the armada to protect his treasured pineapple mead, One-Eyed Ian booty-trapped the mead with toasted coconut and hid it in a rum barrel. It is rumored that he killed all his men to keep them from getting his treasure. But the map to the rum barrel got out adn the story was told. It was a rocky road, but we managed to overcome his booty traps. Behold the gem that saved the meadery from foreclosure... Not really, but it makes a good story. B. Nektar never says die!
I have to laugh, because I've outsmarted even myself. My enemy, my foe, is a human. In order to conquer the human, I have to learn to think like a human. And, whenever possible, to look like one. I've gotta get inside this guy's skin and crawl around for a few days. Who's the golfer’s ally? His friends. The harmless greenskeeper and the friendly caddy. A varmint will never quit - ever. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that's all she wrote.
Messing with them is like zen, man. It's the reason we get up before the sun even shows its face. It's our game - a ruined fairway here, a twisted ankle there. All designed to get that silly groundskeeper into a strappy shirt at the funny farm. But the real moment - this is the good stuff, so listen close - is that one perfect dig. The one that sits hidden on the green, right next to the cup. You dig that hole juuuuuuust right, and that poor shmuck golfer never knows where his ball went.
It takes guts to dig that hole. Great big gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts. A varmint needs a good drink if he wants to play for keeps, and this is the one. We start with Tallow honey, of course, the Nektar of the gods. Add in a slice of Four Seasons lemon juice. We give the drink some loft with South Indian black tea, off the luckiest tea trees. Tell you what, my fellow varmint: with this drink cooling our furry brows, those stupid caddies in their dumb shack won't know what hit 'em.
Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former meadmaker, now, about to become the Mazer champion. It looks like a mirac... It's in the hole! It's in the hole!!!!
Packaging: 500 ml bottles, 1/6 BBL kegs
Avaliability: Limited release
Suggested Retail: $7.99 per bottle
Our new 10oz logo glassware has arrived. It's the perfect serving of our line of carbonated, session meads. Bars will love it's perfect pour size to control inventory. And they make a great addition to your home bar. How many pint glasses do you need anyway? How about something made just for mead, or your special bottles or rarities. They are a great size for bottle sharing. Only $6.50 each.
Carbonation: Very light. < 2 volumes
Packaging: 500ml bottles and 1/6BBL kegs.
Suggested Retail Price: $8.99
Availability: We're expecting to make this a year-round offering, but that will be dependent on the demand. It will slowly be released to all our markets starting March 25th, 2013.
Many years ago, a mysterious book was discovered by a group of friends in a Ferndale, MI basement. A translation of its contents revealed 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 compleation, the friends tried to contain the terrifying forces into this very bottle. Once opened, however, no one can say for sure if it can be conquered. Defend your soul or join us...
B. Smart - B. S-MART
Description: Apple cider with honey and tart cherry juice. Lightly carbonated.
Alcohol: 6% ABV
Package: 500ml bottles (beer bottles with crown cap) and 1/6 barrel kegs.
Estimated Retail Price: $9.99 each
Awards: Gold Medal at the 2011 Mazer Cup International
Press: Recently featured in the Detroit Metro Times