Ames Farm Artisanal Minnesota Honey
A Northern Brewer exclusive! Ames Farm of Watertown, MN produces nationally-recognized artisanal honey with old-world apiary techniques.
Ames Farm of Watertown, MN produces nationally-recognized artisanal honey in small batches with utmost attention to quality and craft. Without a centralized area of production, Ames uses a unique "virtual apiary:" 300 hives and a network of orchards and beeyards throughout central and southern Minnesota, combined with old-world apiary techniques almost unheard of in North America to create a floral portrait of time, seasons, places, and plants. Now Ames Farm has teamed with Northern Brewer to make their truly exceptional honey available to meadmakers everywhere!
Ames Farm honey is raw honey - never heated or processed - and is gently extracted from combs with a centrifugal extractor that requires careful attention to detail by a master beekeeper. This means that all of the floral source volatile aroma and flavor compounds are intact when you receive the honey and prepare your must. Raw honey will crystallize - this is normal and will not affect the flavor or fermentability of your mead. Crystallized honey can be liquified by gently warming the container in a pot of hot water.
This honey is crafted from a blend of floral sources native to the prairies and oak savannas of central Minnesota. In keeping with the true nature of honey as a constantly evolving, "vintage" agricultural product, the floral sources and composition of Ames Farm honey will change with the season and years, and are dependent on variables like hive placement and weather. Reliable primary sources are basswood, sweet clover, and dutch clover in early summer, with goldenrod and thistle coming on in late summer. Wildflower and alfalfa (with a lovely vanilla note) can be expected at times as well. Secondary sources include birdsfoot trefoil, boneset, blue vervain, and wild bergamot.
Make no mistake - this is some serious honey. Available exclusively through Northern Brewer!
I used this honey as an adjunct in an American Wheat beer. 2 lbs in a 6 gallon batch. I added the honey at flame out. The beer is awesome, in part, because the subtle honey flavors are present. I have used several brands of honey when brewing this in the past and this one stands out for the flavors.
Ames Farm honey is very consistent from batch to batch. It's nice to use some locally made honey also.
Used this in brewing a Hopslam clone....great flavor and fermentability....decent honey for the price.
I tried to prior to adding any to the secondary... Its good, I'm definitely using it and will be buying more.
Tried this Honey for a Hydromel in early fall. The honey had notes of lemon that were out of this world. The batch I recieved was one of the best honeys I have ever had.