Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Orange Blossom Cream Ale

Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Orange Blossom Cream Ale

Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill’s Brewery is a refreshing, light, seasonal ale with hints of fresh orange.

It is brewed with honey, sweet orange peel and orange blossom extract.

In 1983 Buffalo Bill’s Brewery pioneered a new direction in American brewing. Today it’s one of the nation’s oldest brewpubs, and it offers a selection of craft beer, including year-round favorites and seasonal specialties. The brewpub is located in Hayward, Calif. and currently owned by Geoff Harries, who was originally a homebrewer.

Mother-daughter team in search of better tasting lemonade

Mother-daughter team in search of better tasting lemonade

Hey Honey! was founded by AnnaMaria Riedinger and her daughter with a goal of making lemonade pure and simple for all to enjoy regardless the season.

Crafted in Santa Cruz County, California, with wildflower honey, organic juices and herb extracts, the company offers three unique flavors: Honey Lemon, Strawberry Basil and Lemon Lime Mint.

We sat down AnnaMaria, Hey Honey! Artisanals founder and chief executive officer to talk about her lemonades and the importance of using honey.

How did you get into the lemonade business?

As a mother and daughter team our first Hey Honey! lemonade was created for a local organic farm festival. Sharing a love for local and wholesome foods, it became our intent to craft a delicious lemonade 100% sweetened with wildflower honey and using the best organic ingredients we could find.

When you started creating the formula for Hey Honey!, what made you turn to honey as a sweetener?

We chose wildflower honey as our sweetener because of taste, and it is important to us to offer a lemonade people could feel good about drinking!

What does honey give your products that other sweeteners could not?

The flavor of wildflower honey gives Hey Honey! a smooth balanced finish and a sensory mouthfeel that no other sweeteners provide.

How has your product been received so far?

Response has been fantastic, because our Hey Honey! lemonades remain as honest as our intentions, we have captured the hearts of health-conscious consumers that appreciate our quality lemonades!

What’s next for your company?

As a small family business our goal is to grow into a sustainable company, while educating consumers on the benefits of honey and the importance of bee health.

Our intentions are to continue to add new unique flavors to our line of Hey Honey! Artisanal lemonades. We look forward to growth, creating a larger community through awareness, in hopes to reach all consumers who share our same values!


Ithaca Beer Co. Country Pumpkin Ale

Ithaca Beer Co. Country Pumpkin Ale

Country Pumpkin is medium-bodied harvest ale brewed with a medley of honey, flavorful malt, pumpkin puree, Magnum hops and seasonal spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

Blended together, this creates a rich, malty ale by Ithaca Beer Co. for the autumn season.

Based in Ithaca, N.Y., Ithaca Beer Co.’s drink menu changes weekly with five new barrel beers, a special Thursday night cask, a seasonal and various year rounds. Business practices are driven by a commitment to customer happiness, environmental stewardship, employee fulfillment and leadership in the craft brewing industry.

Beer Reigns As America’s Choice

Even though wine, liquor and other spirits offer up a large portion of sales to the beverage industry, recent data by Gallup shows that beer still is the adult beverage of choice in the United States.

This year marked the largest preference for beer, 41%, since 2005 when beer was at the 35% mark. Wine came in second at 31% and liquor rounded out the top three with 23%. Gallup’s Consumption Habits survey is based on telephone interviews with 1,013 adults ages 18 and older from all 50 states, with 64% of those polled saying that they drink alcohol “on occasion.” More than half of those reported having had a least one drink per week, with weekends marking the most frequent time that Americans reach for a beverage.

On average, Americans drink about four drinks a week. While beer edges out wine, it’s by a smaller margin than it was in the 1900s, prompting brewers to innovate. Craft beers are booming, as well as the up-and-coming beer cocktail, which is a mix of beer and some other ingredient combination.

SmartBlogs.comreports that females in particular love beer cocktails, which provide a less filling feel than traditional beer. Melissa Abbott, director of culinary insights at the Hartmas Group, says that beer cocktails can’t be just a mash-up of ingredients—they have to make some sort of “culinary sense.”

“We are in the midst of a beer revolution here in the U.S. with the craft movement. Looking to the future, the beer cocktail trend is just beginning,” she says.

A refreshing beer cocktail that contains honey is the Wild Turkey and Dry. Made with ginger beer and Wild Turkey Honey Bourbon, this simple drink is finished off with lime wedges over ice and can be made with lemonade, cranberry or guava.

Another beer/mead combination made by Dogfish Head is the Midas Touch. The first beer in the company’s Ancient Ales series, this beer offers a new twist. Made with honey, Midas will please both the chardonnay and beer drinker.

Sprecher Cream Soda

Sprecher Cream Soda

Sprecher’s cream soda blends Wisconsin honey and pure vanilla in a gas-fired kettle, creating a delicate caramelization of sugars that results in a fusion of flavor.

This unique process produces a rich vanilla-flavored soda with hints of honey and caramel and a long-lasting, creamy head.

Sprecher Brewing Co. was founded in 1985 in Milwaukee, Wis. The company brews high-quality beers and sodas, most of which use honey.