About Us

B. Nektar Meadery was founded in 2006 by Brad and Kerri Dahlhofer. Brad has been an avid homebrewer since 1998, making beers, meads, ciders, and wine for his own enjoyment. When Brad and Kerri got married in 2005, he made a mead to toast with at their wedding and received great reviews from the guests. Jokingly, he said that he’d someday open a meadery. They soon began making meads in their basement and those meads quickly began winning awards at homebrewing competitions.

In the summer of 2006, Kerri was laid-off from her job. While sipping a glass of Brad’s vanilla cinnamon mead she thought, “Why not try to sell this?” It was then that they decided to take their mead making to the next level. Though their aspirations never went further than a side-business… until.

In December of 2007, only weeks before the birth of their first child, they got the keys to their first facility. A tiny 1000 sq/ft warehouse only 1/2 mile outside of Detroit. They began building out their little side business. But in March 2008 Brad too fell victim to layoffs. That’s when Kerri said “F*!<K It! This is what we’re supposed to do. And we’re going to turn this into the biggest meadery in the world!” They worked night and day to prepare for their opening. After nearly two years since its inception, B. Nektar finally opened its doors on August 2, 2008 (National Mead Day).

After opening, Brad hit the road with cases for sampling and sales. Spreading the word of mead. Craft mead. We’re going to need a bigger boat.

B. Nektar Meadery was founded in 2006 by Brad and Kerri Dahlhofer. Brad has been an avid homebrewer since 1998, making beers, meads, ciders, and wine for his own enjoyment. When Brad and Kerri got married in 2005, he made a mead to toast with at their wedding and received great reviews from the guests. Jokingly, he said that he’d someday open a meadery. They soon began making meads in their basement and those meads quickly began winning awards at homebrewing competitions.

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