Wild Honey ExperiMead

Before starting this article, I’d like to give a shout out to Krankies Coffee. I’m sitting here on their patio enjoying some beautiful North Carolina weather while sipping a delicious pour and munching on an apple butter biscuit. If you’re ever in Winston-Salem, you should give them a shot.

Wild Honey and Wild Yeasts

Brewing is a fantastic mixture of both artistic expression and various sciences. This mixture is what keeps me creating and pushing the bounds of my abilities. But once you’ve made beer out of probiotic capsules, what do you do next?

The answer was to play with wild yeasts, from where you ask?  Unpasteurized honey. I’d been doing some lurking in the group Milk the Funk and discovered an intriguing article talking about how yeast can cross-breed in the stomachs of wasps.

Wasps grape yeast wild honey
Credit: Stefano Turillazzi

My first thought was how long has it been since I’ve been stung by a wasp and is this worth it? I’ll let you know once everything thaws, but I’m never one to be patient so to keep my pipeline of odd things brewing, I decided to give honey a shot. My logic being that honey is essentially bee vomit, and if it can cross-breed in such a terrifying creature as a wasp, maybe it can also cross-pollinate inside of our friends, the bees.

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Rivertown Triumvirate Release Details

Rivertown’s newest beer will be coming out at the end of the month. Triumvirate is a collaboration brew between Rivertown, The Rookwood, and Smooth Ambler gin. I’ll let them speak for themselves

Rivertown Rookwood Smooth Ambler Triumvirate

That ingredient list makes me think Dogfish Head is going to be jealous. Personally gin is not my liquor but I am tempted by anything involving Rivertown’s wild yeast! If you are interested you should find yourself at one of the release events for this:

  • Monday, October 21st at 5 p.m. at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate for a bottle signing
  • Monday, October 21st at 6 p.m. at Party Source for a bottle signing
  • Tuesday, October 22nd at 6 p.m. at The Rookwood where distiller John Little of Ambler, mixologist  Rom Wells from Rookwood, and Rivertown’s brewmaster Jason Roeper will be on hand.