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Annapurna Mead uses mobile canning line to hit shelves 

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Annapurna Mead has expanded from a keg-only meadery to retail, canning two of their flagship meads with a third set to hit shelves in January. Their Cherry Bee Dazzled cherry-hibiscus-rose hip mead and For the Love of Ginger ginger-lemongrass-pineapple mead are now available in stores. Founder/operator Patrick Dobbins says the next mead to hit cans will be his Sauvage Mead Blanc, which gets fermented with pineapple and then dry-hopped with Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops for a flavor profile he compares to a New Zealand sauvignon blanc wine.

While business has been good for Dobbins, it hasn’t been quite good enough to justify the $150,000 he estimates it would cost to install a permanent canning line for his meadery. Instead, he’s hired Craft Canning + Bottling, a company that offers mobile canning and bottling services. Business has, however, been good enough for him to hire an assistant mazer (mead maker), former FH Beerworks employee Taylor Humphries. Further, he intends to expand distribution into the Denver market in first quarter 2019.

As for seasonal brews, when we speak, Dobbins has set aside a portion of his
chipotle mead to age in rum and bourbon barrels until autumn of 2019. He also says that, sometime in January, he’ll have what he describes as a stout mead available on taps around town. Flavored with cacao powder and caramelized honey, it should finish at around 7.8 percent ABV.

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