JARED’S NOTE: One of my favorite craft beer finds isn’t beer at all. The B. Nektar Meadery from produces a first-rate range of meads and ciders from its home in Ferndale, Mich., just outside of Detroit. The Wife and I happen to love their work and Al Dente is devoting this week to reviewing the meadery’s six year-round offerings.
You have to say this one a few times slowly so it sticks in your head. Necromangocon. Nec-ro-man-go-con. Nec-ro-man-go-con. Nec-ro-man-go-con. Not necromangon. Not netmangocron. Nec-ro-man-go-con.
The face on the label doesn’t really give you any clue as to what you are about to drink. And the description — honey wine with mango and black pepper — doesn’t really give you much to go on as you pour the glass. Do not let any of that deter you because Necromangocon delivers in a big way. There’s a well-rounded flavor of mead and mango, while the black pepper is present primarily a spice that flavors the end of the drink.
My biggest problem with Necromangocon is that I only had one. After drinking about a third of the pint, I offered The Wife — who spent a long day in front of a classroom before our nation’s youth — a sip. She said, “This is damn good,” and walked away. It was the last I saw of it.
Good thing I have another in my cellar.
B. Nektar Meadery Necromangocon
Container: 500mL bottle
Price: $6.99 Point of Purchase: Steamer’s Basin Trading Company, Bushnell’s Basin, N.Y.
To The Eye: Pale straw with a lacing that doesn’t last long.
To The Nose: Tropical fruit and honey are large here.
To The Palate: This is probably the sweetest of the six beverages I tried. The combination of mango juice and honey make this sweet but not syrupy. And it’s a natural tasting sweetness without that fake sugary flavor.
Aftertaste: Fruity with a sneaky little bit of black pepper that catches you when you least expect it.
The Wife Factor: See above. It’s damn good.
Boozy Factor: Not particularly noticeable.
On a Scale of 1 to 10, with 10 as highest: 8.5