Brimming Horn Meadery is back with a fourth metal and mead series, teamed with Chicago’s premier post-metal band The Atlas Moth, and Chicago’s finest coffee purveyors Dark Matter Coffee. The result is Detective Valentine’s Proprietary, made with buckwheat and wildflower honey, coffee, and vanilla beans, and aged in bourbon barrels for three months. This coffee lover’s dream will be available Friday, Nov. 2.
Contact between Brimming Horn and Atlas Moth vocalist/guitarist Stavros Giannopoulos began in mid-January about joining forces to create a specialty mead. Co-owner JR Walker said, “Stavros happened to mention that Dark Matter Coffee was doing a specialized coffee for the release of their new album ‘Coma Noir,’ so I sent Jon the message and he got the creative juices flowing, so of course we had to use their own coffee for their mead. We couldn’t be more excited to work with a band of their caliber, and I think everyone will love this new mead.”
Mead-maker Jon Talkington said, “Once I heard that The Atlas Moth had their own coffee, it just seemed too perfect not to put it in the mead. I chose dark buckwheat honey and wildflower honey as a base; coffee beans and vanilla beans were added right after fermentation and then the mead was transferred into a bourbon barrel to age and mellow for three months. I wanted the coffee to flavor the mead but not take over the honey, vanilla and barrel notes. All the ingredients shine through in Detective Valentine’s Proprietary and it’s a sweet, complex mead with a lot of flavor! "
Dark Matter Coffee’s Jake Kryshak said, “When working with The Atlas Moth, we knew we needed to craft a blend that could stand tall with Coma Noir's massive psychedelic thunder. With that in mind, we took washed coffees from our partners in Guatemala and El Salvador to produce a complex blend with notes of nougat, peach and amaretto. When you're drinking Coma Noir, mysterious shadows turn into sinister personalities, and at the end of it all there may be no one left to trust but yourself – and your cup of coffee.”
Detective Valentine’s Proprietary will be sold in 500ml black ceramic bottles for $26.99. It is available at Brimming Horn’s mead hall in Milton. To order online, go to www.vinoshipper.com or www.brimminghornmeadery.com. Brimming Horn meadery ships to 42 different states.