Zombie Killer

Dedicated to the freaks and the geeks! What started as a top-secret experiment with Michigan honey, cherries and apple cider became a viral epidemic. It won’t be easy to survive, so grab your weapons and don’t forget this bottle for backup!

The All-Stars

Devil's Juice

Honey Pineapple Wine with Chili Peppers and Smoked Pineapples.

The Dude's Rug

Hard cider with Chai spices added.

Slice of Life

Hard cider with lemon and ginger added.


A mead with mango and black pepper.

Kill all the Golfers

A mead with black tea and lemon juice added.

Black Fang

A mead with blackberries, clove, and orange zest.

There's more where these came from.

The Taproom


Thursday: 5pm-10pm
Friday: 5pm-12am
Saturday: 2pm-12am
Sunday: 2pm-8pm
Monday: 5pm-10pm


1511 Jarvis
Ferndale, MI 48220

Upcoming Events

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Our Story

Nektar Meadery was founded in 2006 by Brad and Kerri Dahlhofer, with the help of their good friend Paul Zimmerman. 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. Paul, a long-time friend and fellow homebrewer, soon began making meads along with Brad in the Dahlhofers’ basement. Their meads quickly began winning awards at homebrewing competitions.

Shop B. Nektar

Want to represent your favorite meadery AND look extremely, totally cool while doing it?
Our online shop has exactly what you need: high­quality apparel that shouts “I’m down with the B”.
All new designs coming soon, so stay tuned!

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  • It's coming along reeeaaaal nice!
#skateordie #michigan #theneedformead
  • Brad cookin' up chicken and pancakes for the staff tonight while our photo-dude shot portraits of everybody. #theneedforfriedchicken #pancakesfordinner #mead #beer #cider #michigan #theneedformead #goodtimes
  • It's nearly time to restate your assumptions...Apple Pi is soon returning. Apple Mead with spices added. 14% ABV. Stay tuned for release details! #patternsemerge #theneedformead #mead
  • Devil's Night party's heatin' up!
#devilsnight #theneedformead #devilsjuice
  • The meadery just got a lil' spookier... #devilsnight #ghosts #skulls #mead #cider #beer #theneedformead
  • Caramelizing honey for a sweet new collaboration. Stay tuned! #theneedformead
  • When your sales manager goes out of town and the building's about to get painted... #wrapitup #theneedforpalletwrap #theneedformead
  • Oh, ya know, just harvesting some wild grapes on a Monday. #nodeskjob #wildcaught #theneedformead
  • Friday is here and we gots some yummy mouth delights for you. OUT NOW..Wheat & Rice double IPA..in the taproom only. B. Here. Now. Doors open until midnight. Oh and getchyo self a cool tee as well. Availz in the tappyroom too. #BIGdipa #theneedformead
  • Lagunitas knows how to throw a party! Good food, great beer, and Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas! #Detroit #craftbeerlife #craftbeer #california #theneedformead
  • Making mead with our Brazilian friends from Morada Cia Etilica!
Collaboration fever strikes again!
#theneedformead #Brazil #USA #craftmead #craftbeerlife
  • Little home town love with our Detroit Party Marching Band! #bellsfunvitational #dpmb #theneedformead