For this beer, we collaborated with our good friends, Brett and Tia, at New Day Craft. We go way back with them, and Brett and I are always bouncing ideas off each other. When it came time to formulate this recipe, we knew we wanted to include at least 40% honey and the rest Indiana grown malts. We added elderflower for its complex floral notes, and the black limes add a very rich brightness. We selected a light amber wildflower honey that added depth and complexity to the beer. The label was a collaborative effort between Brett, myself and the folks at Good Beer Hunting studios, who design our labels.
Funky, citrus, floral, earthy, peppery, sticky, bright.
Definitely the aroma. All the layers of spice, honey, malt and our unique farmhouse yeast lead to a complex symphony of olfactory joy.
Honey was super important to this beer. We ended up using honey for a hair under half of the fermentable sugar, so it truly blends the mead influences of New Day with our beer expertise. We took everything a step further with the label and naming. L’apiculteur translates to the bee keeper in French, so we decided to feature the image of a 19th century beekeeper on the label to harken back to its ancient roots of the fruit style of beer/mead hybrid.
I love the complexity that it lends to beer. With so many compounds in honey, they add layers of aroma and flavor that we couldn’t achieve otherwise. We also enjoy the perceived sweetness and body that honey gives beer while still being able to ferment out all the sugars to produce a shelf stable product.