We are planning several products beyond our initial keg cider. These are Honey mixed with Cider to make Cyser, Mead (Honey by itself) and Melomel (Honey mixed with fruit - berries in our case). These will be a bit more alcohol (more like a wine than the Cider) and will be sold in bottles in 2006.
Yesterday, I was running errands in Bellingham and following up on a roadside sign I had seen, I had the pleasure to meet Jerry Guilmette, owner of Busy Bees.
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He runs several hundred hives and follows the seasons, starting with the California Almond crop and moving back home in June and July. I will be getting Nooksack Valley Blackberry and Raspberry honey from him as well as some other local vendors. I bought eight gallons of the Raspberry yesterday when I was visiting his facility and it is gorgeous stuff - I'll be using this batch to test different yeasts and production methods for our Cyser and Mead but several pints will be re-directed to culinary use. This stuff is good!Posted by DaveH at January 13, 2005 06:29 PM | TrackBack