While a strong beer may average over 10% alcohol, these stronger meads are closer to the 20% range. However, Arktos Meadery promises that their meads drink “like a porter” but feel more “like a port” and future recipes planned may include a Brown Ale Braggot, a mead that incorporates honey with barley and other beer ingredients. Ironically, current licensing requires that these stronger meads be labelled as “honey wine” and not mead based on current Michigan regulations. Artkos Meadery also plans to distribute their 2014 2nd place Mazer Cup International award-winning Honeycrisp Apple Cyser (a honey-based hard cider) in kegs. Unlike their other offerings, the cyser will be carbonated on draft for local bars and restaurants and not quite as potent - but still over the 10% range.
The current production facility for Aktos Meadery is located in Southwest Grand Rapids and is not open to the public but once licensing is finalized and distribution up and running, a possible public “mead hall” tasting room and restaurant could be part of future plans. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Arktos facebook and twitter pages for the latest news and hopefully the mead will be hitting the shelves of better beverage shops and on tap at all of the best pubs and restaurants soon.
Arktos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arktosmeadery
Arktos on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArktosMeadery