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Fall festivities are coming to the Meadery!

Looking for a way to kick off the Halloween weekend? Join us at the Meadery for a MeadEvil Halloween. We are thrilled to have the Free Company of the White Stag join us for a fun filled day. There will be sword fighting, kids activities and opportunities to learn about the organization. Families are welcome, however you must be 21 to enjoy the mead. From 12-3 PM the Flying Elbow Food Truck will be on site with lots of yummy lunch options. I happen to be looking forward to some Mac N'Cheese or maybe a Nacho Man dog.

Then November 4th & 5th the Heart of Iowa Wine Trail is hosting a Food & Wine Pairing event. Advance tickets are required and the event is limited so get your tickets prior to Nov. 2nd. Cost is $15 per person which allows for three food and wine pairings at 9 locations around central Iowa. We are still finalizing our tasting menu but we know it will be a great event with lots of tasty bites.

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Continue the excitement with us.

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We have had an exciting month so far, let's keep things going.

With every pledge contributed to the Hive Drive, Wayne and I found our hearts filling with excitement and appreciation for the number of people expressing their support for our vision. We exceeded our campaign goal and we will be soon be getting started on the final plans. Reward surveys will be coming out soon so we can gather important information from our contributors.  

September 2nd we kicked off fall with our first of hopefully many music events. Thanks again to Marc Bailey for providing excellent entertainment that day at the Meadery. We still have Cinnamon Cyser available for your fall gatherings. 

September 15th Travel Iowa released a new promotion titled Made In Iowa. We are thrilled to be one of the businesses featured online. Click here to check out the new webpage they have and all of the great products Made In Iowa.

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What's coming up?

  • This Sunday, Sept. 24th is Painting Palooza. We still have space available if you reserve soon!
  • October 6-8 is the Fall Back Roads Junk-it Trail and we are excited to be a stop once again. We enjoy visiting with so many people at this event. Join us for extended hours during the event. Click here for more information.

Once again, Thank You for your continued support, Cheers!

Wayne & Michelle Spohnheimer

Final Days of the Hive Drive

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Only a few days remain to meet our campaign goal.

September 2nd we had our first live music event featuring Marc Bailey. Ida's Food Truck also joined us. This gave us a glimpse into the future and what it will be like when "The Hive" is up and running and we can bring in more entertainment. 

We have a few days remaining in our Kickstarter campaign. We have some fun reward packages and your contribution is greatly appreciated! Please CLICK HERE to support our goal.

Cheers,
Michelle & Wayne Spohnheimer

Kickoff Fall at the Meadery

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Summer is coming to a close lets kickoff fall!

We have so many exciting events coming up this fall, we can't wait to have you join us. This summer was an exciting 1st summer season for us. Thank You for all of your support! Our Summer Open house was great, we enjoyed showing our production space and future event space "The Hive". Linn Creek Arts Festival was also a fantastic event.

As the weather starts to cool off we are thrilled to announce our Kickoff Fall event this Saturday, September 2nd from 12-5 PM. We are excited to have local artist Marc Bailey performing throughout the afternoon. Ida's Food Truck will be around serving up some awesome Mediterranean food. That's not all though, we will be releasing Cinnamon Cyser. We know that people have been looking forward to this release so we will have to limit sales to 1 bottle per person so that you all have a chance to enjoy. Load up your car with friends and a few chairs so you can sit and enjoy the day.

Have you heard about the Hive Drive? We are looking for a little support in kicking off our future event space plans. We have a couple weeks left on our Kickstarter campaign so there is still time to contribute and get one of our reward packages. Every dollar helps and is greatly appreciated. The Hive will be available for small weddings, reunions, private parties and Meadery events when it is completed. Check out the Hive Drive today! 

What else is coming up?

Looking for a space to hold a private event such as a bridal shower or private party? Consider renting our tasting room. Contact us for details.

Cheers!
Michelle & Wayne Spohnheimer

Kickstarting The Hive Drive

Thank you for supporting us.

What an exciting month we have had! The Linn Creek Arts Festival marked a milestone for us since it was the one year anniversary of our first big sales event. It was great seeing many of you again and we greatly appreciate your continued support.

Then this past weekend we held our Meadery Open House & Tour. All we can say is WOW! The number of people who took time to visit us was so exciting. We enjoyed visiting with you all and sharing our vision for the future.

Curious about our future plans? Check out our Kickstarter Campaign. Kickstarter provides a way for supporters from all over to contribute to a project. Even you are not able to contribute please take a few minutes to view our video and learn a little more about us. We are excited about the video and we just want others to see it and share in our excitement.

July isn't over yet, we still have Painting Palooza coming up on Sunday, July 30th. There is still room to join in on the fun. Contact us ASAP to sign up.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers to many more fun times at the Meadery!

~Wayne & Michelle

Meadery events in July.

July is here and we are busy bees.

There are so many exciting events coming up this month we hope to see you at one of them.

We will kick off a busy schedule with two informational events at the Marshalltown Public Library about bees on Thursday, July 13th at 11 AM (kids) and 2 PM (adults). Andy Joseph will be presenting and we will be tagging along to help answer questions. Find out more how Bees Build a Better World

Then on Saturday, July 15th we will be at the Linn Creek Arts Festival in Marshalltown from 10 AM - 5 PM. Stop by our booth for a mead tasting. We will have Traditional Dark, Aronia and Sweet Bee Lemon Mead with us for sale at the event. For more information check out the festival website  or facebook event.

Are you interested in learning more about the Meadery, seeing our production area and finding out what the future holds? Join us Saturday, July 22nd or Sunday, July 23rd, from 12-5 PM each day for a special open house and tour event. We are working out all of the final details so check out our facebook event for updates. Tours will run every 30-45 minutes.

Painting Palooza is happening again on Sunday, July 30th. Fall will be here before we know it and we will be getting ready by painting a scarecrow this month. Leona McDonough will be leading us once again. Join us for a fun afternoon. First time attendees please prepay when registering to reserve your space. The cost is $35 and we will begin at 2 PM. Feel free to bring a snack to share with the group.

Did you know that we are now on the Heart of Iowa Wine Trail. We are excited to join several other great wineries. Pick up a 2017 Wine Trail Passport with us and tour the trail this summer.

Cheers,

Wayne & Michelle Spohnheimer
Buzzed Bee Meadery, Inc.

Spring is here and things are buzzing.

Spring is here and things are buzzing.

April showers are over and the flowers are blooming. Spring is a beautiful time at the Meadery. We would love to have you stop out for a tasting and enjoy a flight while taking in the view. We have had a busy month. We just finished a flip flopping fun painting palooza event. We enjoyed meeting new friends at Pour into Uptown Ankeny and at the Galaxy Gala hosted by Jasper County Conservation.

What's coming up? 

May 19th - 21st we are excited to be a stop along the Back Roads Junk-it Trail. We met so many new friends last fall that stopped in we hope to see a few returning faces and meet some new folks. We have new handmade items for sale along with mead! 

Saturday, June 10th we have another painting palooza event scheduled. This time we will be painting pallets. The cost is $50 per person which includes all the materials, a picnic lunch and a Buzzed Bee tumbler cup with your favorite mead. Sign up before June 8th, space is limited.

Last month we became members of the Heart of Iowa Wine Trail. We are looking forward to being a part of a great trail with several Central Iowa wineries. Stop by the Meadery to pick up your passport for $5 and start your wine adventure today.

Don't forget, we are regularly open Thursdays 4-7 PM and Saturdays 12-5. We are also happy to welcome your private party for a mead tasting during alternate hours. Bring out the family, your company or your club and discover Mead.

Last but most certainly not least, Happy early Mother's Day to all of our favorite Queen Bees out there. We know you keep your hive running and to you we say Cheers! 

Michelle & Wayne

Springtime at the Meadery

Spring has arrived and the Meadery is Buzzing

Thank you for following along with all of the Meadery happenings. We have several things to share with you. We still have a few spaces available for the next Painting Palooza at the Meadery THIS Sunday, March 26th at 2:00 PM. The cost is $35 and we will be painting a fun welcome sign. Contact us right away to reserve your spot.

Earlier this month the Mazer Cup International mead competition was held in Colorado. This is the largest mead only competition in the world! We entered several of our meads and we were thrilled to find out that Sweet Heat took home a Silver medal in it's category. There were 400 commercial entries in several categories. We were not able to attend the event this year but from everything we saw it looks like it was a great event and we are excited to see how the mead industry is growing.

If you consider yourself a foodie who likes to spend time in the kitchen you should check out our newest addition to the shop, The Art of Mead Tasting and Food Pairing, by Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor. The book includes 44 food recipes and 10 dessert recipes, each with mead pairings, 14 mead cocktail recipes and 60 sidebars featuring individual meads, meaderies, and meadmakers. With 345 photos you will not be disappointed. We can't wait to start cooking!

Looking for something fun to do Friday, April 21st? Join us for Pour into Uptown Ankeny from 5-8 PM. 

The Meadery is open Thursdays from 4-7 PM and Saturdays from 12-5 PM. Join us for a tasting this spring. Cheers!

~Michelle & Wayne 

For the Love of Mead

February may be cold but things are still buzzing at the Meadery.

We have had a busy new year. In the past couple weeks we have released three new meads. Lemon Blush, Blackberry Ginger and Traditional Dark are now available.Stop by the Meadery to pick up a bottle. 

February 19th we will be in Marshalltown at the Bridal Expo. Stop by and see us and find out how we can be a part of your celebration. The event is from Noon - 3PM at the Best Western Regency.

February 26th will be our 2nd Painting Palooza event with Leona McDonough. We have room for 14 people and spaces fill up fast so contact us right away to reserve your space. E-mail buzzedbeemead@gmail.com or call us at 641-485-1725. Painting begins at 2:00 PM and the cost is $35 per person.


We are now proud members of the Marshalltown Area Chamber and Greater Newton Area Chamber. We are looking forward to future chamber events. 

Our tasting room is available for private tasting events, small parties and meetings. Contact us to check on availability. We have enjoyed meeting so many new people and introducing them to mead.

Cheers,
Michelle & Wayne

Happy New Year from the Meadery!

Kick off 2017 with Mead!

Thank you for making 2016 a great year at the Meadery. We experienced so many awesome firsts including meeting most of you! Our tasting room opened, our meads are at the Marshalltown Hy-Vee and we ended the year with 9 different meads available.

So what is coming up in 2017? We have a busy January scheduled and I expect things to continue to get busier! We have several meads in production including Blackberry Ginger, Traditional Dark, Sweet Elder Flower and Lemon Blush. Follow our Facebook page for release information. We are lining up events for January as well. 

Saturday, January 21st we will venture out to Living History Farms for Farms Uncorked. This is a wine tasting event and we were very excited to receive the invitation. We hope to see you there!  http://www.lhf.org/en/programs__events/cabin_fever_event_series/ 

Sunday, January 29th we will host our first painting event at the Meadery. Leona McDonough with the Painting Palooza will come to the Meadery and we are excited to see all your creations. We have space for 14 people so reserve your space soon! E-mail us at buzzedbeemead@gmail.com or call 641-485-1725.

Looking for a place to have a private event? We are happy to arrange a time for a tasting event at the Meadery. Give us a call to talk about options.

Cheers to a New Year!

Michelle & Wayne Spohnheimer
Buzzed Bee Meadery

Celebrate the Holidays with Mead!

Winter has arrived and it is time for gatherings with friends and family. Let us help you celebrate! Bring a bottle of Mead to someone as a gift or to share during a dinner party.

We will have some extended hours during the Holidays and as always we are available by appointment for that last minute gift pick-up or need for mead. We will be open the following hours:

  • Saturday the 17th from 12-5 PM, 

  • Thursday the 22nd from 4-7 PM

  • Friday the 23rd from 4-7 PM

  • Saturday the 24th from 12-5 PM

  • Thursday the 29th from 4-7 PM

  • Saturday the 31st from 12-5 PM

Can't make it out to the Meadery to pick up a bottle, don't worry. You can now stop by the Marshalltown Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits department and pick up a bottle of Buzzed Bee Mead!!!

Finally, we have one more announcement, on Saturday, December 31st we have a special New Year's Eve release. 40 bottles of Triple Buzz will be available for purchase at the Meadery. This mead has a 14.5% ABV, it has a very bold coffee flavor with a chocolate background. Made with buckwheat honey the dark rich mead is perfect for coffee lovers! We are happy to feature Morning Bell Coffee Roasters coffee, out of Ames, in Triple Buzz. There will be a limit of 1 bottle per person and the price is $25 plus tax. Don't miss out!

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Holidays at the Meadery.

We have had an exciting couple of months at the Meadery and now we are looking forward to the Holiday season. The tasting room will be closed Thanksgiving Day as we celebrate the day with our family. 

November 26th is Small Business Saturday and it is a great opportunity to shop local. We will be open from Noon to 5:00 PM. Don't worry if you can't make our open hours we are happy to schedule a time with you Friday, Saturday or Sunday. After you have gathered up all the holiday shopping deals check in with us for a tasting and take a bottle of your favorite mead home.

Purchase 3 bottles this weekend and receive a free Mulling Spice packet!

If you are looking for something special to do with a group of friends, co-workers or family members, contact us about setting up a private tasting event. We have a few times available in December. E-mail buzzedbeemead@gmail.com or call us at 641-485-1725 to talk about options.

Cheer to you this Holiday Season! Follow us on Facebook for updates.

Fall in love with Mead.

November is just around the corner, the fall colors are gorgeous right now and we are getting ready for time with friends and family. This is a great opportunity to discover Mead yourself and share it with those around you. 

We have had the opportunity to meet so many great people the past few months. We welcomed the Iowa Tourism staff to the meadery and we would like to thank Amy for the fantastic blog. http://blog.traveliowa.com/view-post/The-Buzz-About-Honey-Wine  We participated in the Back Roads Junk-it Trail earlier this month and we are looking forward to the Spring event in May!

We are excited that people have traveled from across the State to visit us and try our meads. The positive feedback has been heartwarming. As many of you know a lot of time and energy has gone into getting us to this point and with each visit Wayne and I pause and say to each other, "is this real?" We enjoy sharing our story and educating people about bees and mead. 

We have some exciting times ahead with events and special releases.

  • Thursday Evening, November 3rd, we will be in Marshalltown at the Public Library for an event with Gary Kelley starting at 5PM.
  • Saturday, November 5th stop by for our Pick Your Perfect Pair event from 12-5 PM featuring Scentsy items with Independent Consultant Melanie Ruggles and the check out the special release of Sweet Heat, our Jalapeno Mead.
  • Tuesday, November 8th at noon we will be discussing Mead with the Newton Rotary Club.
  • Saturday, November 19th we plan to find our way to the Holiday Stroll in Marshalltown. Follow us on Facebook for location details.
  • Finally the Meadery is a great place to pick up those holiday gifts for that hard to buy for person that seems to have tried everything. Surprise them with an introduction to Mead this holiday season. We are also open to private parties and meetings. Book a time with us for your club, group or team to join us for a private tasting event.

Cheers to an exciting season!

Remember we now have regular hours. Thursday 4-7 PM and Saturday 12-5 PM or by appointment.

What a wonderful opening weekend!

We celebrated our Grand Opening Labor Day weekend and all we can say is THANK YOU!!! 

Thank you to all our friends and family members who helped us this weekend. We had awesome helpers pouring. Thank you Joyce, Roger, Deb, Kristy, Travis, Rita and Nan. Thank you Gina and Alan for keeping our little bee busy during the weekend event.

Thank you to all of our friends that have stuck out the past two years with us, supporting us along the way, tasting our meads and following our progress. Your consistent support has kept us going.

Thank you to all our suppliers. We cannot thank our main honey supplier Andy and his family at (Meadow BlazingStar Honey) enough for being part of our team! We have new partnerships developing with local farmers for various berries. We have fantastic neighbors who not only put up with our crazy life but help fill the meadery shop with works of art (special thanks to Marshall).

Finally thanks to all you that visited us for the first time. We love making new friends and it was exciting to meet many of you in person. If you didn't get a chance to visit us this weekend come out in the future! We appreciate each one of you for taking time to visit us.

Cheers,

Visit to the Luegger Elderberry Farm

Yesterday we had a great time visiting with the owners of Luegger Elderberry Farm. We plan to include local produce whenever possible into our meads and we were excited to come across the Luegger family operation. We had a chance to check out the plants they have growing, smell the flowers and taste some delicious juice. Later this season we will pick up some berries to be used in our meads. 

Cheers!

A look at the elderberry bushes blooming. 

A look at the elderberry bushes blooming. 

Making progress.

The Meadery is a busy place these days. Production is currently in full swing. All of our available tanks are now full and we will be bottling the first few batches very soon. We are finalizing our label designs and making lots of plans. 

First up in the bottling line is our Dry Traditional Mead, Semi-Sweet Traditional Mead, Aronia Mead and Sweet Bee Lemon Mead. We are so excited to have our meads available soon for you to purchase. Following our first round we will be bottling Elderberry Mead, Highbush Cranberry Mead and a Chocolate Mead. 

We are also working on tasting room plans and lining up future events. Thanks for following our progress. It has been a crazy journey so far. 

Cheers!

Fall approvals mean a busy new year.

All our licenses have been approved along with four formulas. Federal regulations require that all meads have an approved formula prior to production. We now have 18 formulas submitted. Four have been approved, four are pending further review and ten were just submitted this week. Formulas take approximately two months to be approved.

Once we got our first formulas approved we began production. So far we have a dry traditional, sweet traditional, lemon and aronia mead approved and in the tanks. We are planning to fill additional tanks in the next couple weeks. 

We have had a few mead tasting events this fall with friends and family. We greatly appreciate all the feedback we have received. We are still planning to launch a Kickstarter, but it will likely be this spring as we get ready to bottle our first commercial batches. 

Thank you for following our progress, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!

State approvals for production are complete.

Effective October 5, 2015, we became State approved to manufacture and direct ship our mead in Iowa! This is an exciting step for us. We are continuing to work on our Class C license which has been approved by the County but requires some home renovations before we can be State approved.

We are still waiting on formula approval from the Federal Government before we can start filling the tanks. We are hopeful that will come this month for a couple of our recipes. We will submit several more very soon since they take about 70 days to process we want to get them in line.

Once approved we will start filling the tanks! 

We hope to kick off a Kickstarter campaign as well this month so stay tuned to our facebook page and website for more information.