Thank you to everyone who participated in our Bee Proud mead label competition! We are so grateful and proud to have so many amazing artists in our community! We had ten spectacular designs to choose from in this contest. But only one artist could be picked.
The winner of the Bee Proud label art competition is Brandi Slovinsky!
You may remember Brandi from our Sour Meadmaker label. This is her second sour label with Havoc and we’re delighted to have her back.
But we’ll let Brandi speak for herself:
I’m Brandi Slovinsky- wife, mom, artist, & MS warrior. Painting is my medium of choice, mostly acrylic on canvas. One of my = (the) symptoms of MS is numbness in my hands. For this contest, I knew my hands wouldn't be able to paint. So I experimented with digital art and had an absolute blast doing it.
Art is something I am always passionate about. I love its diversity and the different mediums, subjects, techniques and styles. For me, art is about expressing myself. As an overthinking introvert, I’m not always the best at saying what’s on my mind or what I’m feeling. When I paint, my thoughts, feelings, & emotions can come out through the use of color, shapes, & new subjects. It’s a creative outlet that has also become an essential part of who I am. And MS won't stop my passion!
Thanks so much Brandi! And thank you to all of our amazing artists who participated. Everyone did a spectacular job.
Bee Proud will be available for presale to everyone this Thursday, 6/2/2022. Certified Meadiacs, of course, get first dibs on Wednesday, 6/1.
Inspired by the classic Cassis Orange cocktail, this delightful sour brewed with black currant and orange juice is available as part of our Pride '22 Celebration!
A portion of the proceeds from this mead will go to support our friends at Pride Center of VT! Ricky the Meadmaker wrote this letter about what Pride means to us as a company last year.
Let customers speak for us1251 reviews
I love Nordic Farmhouse so much I would marry it! My favorite flavor profiles are sour and sweet, and this festive mead is very refreshingly tart! I especially love to drink it and serve it to my guests at the cranberry holidays (ie. Thanksgiving and Solstice/Christmas)!
Lovely golden color.No off smell to this one. Definitely notice the cinnamon flavor. Very refreshing.
I’m not getting the snickerdoodle/fall notes others do, but to be fair my palate is not the most refined. It’s a brisk lightly flavored mead to me, but I can’t pick out any particular flavor(s). It did help me through a good portion of the latest crossword, however. Going to let the rest of the pack sit awhile - sometimes aging is the secret formula to mind blowing mead. Will update down the road.
I didn’t care for early batches but with age this one is pleasant. Crisp, heavy vanilla forward (if you don’t like vanilla, this may not be for you). Balanced without being tart. I don’t pick up much on the apple, but not being a big apple fan that works for me. It would probably make a tasty mead bread!
BIG difference from last batch. Tasty up front mild oak taste that’s lighter than more mouthful meads like Wayfarer/Nordic Farmhouse/Psychopomp, richer than Buckland. I like to do a hard pour to release more of the carbon and let it sit a few minutes before drinking. I think it’s going to be AMAZING in a few months (assuming I am willing to let it age that long).