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Nectar Creek: More Than a Mead

Guest Author | 01/09/2019 | Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries, Restaurants, Winery

Nectar Creek

All ages welcome

500 Main Street, Philomath, OR 97370 


Sunday-Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.



Nectar Creek: A company, culture and products Oregonians are proud to have

Refreshing and crisp, mead is a gluten-free, alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey in water. Fruits or other simple ingredients can be added to create unique flavor profiles.

Mead has been consumed for thousands of years, but is experiencing a resurgence in the U.S. Nectar Creek is leading the way in expanding this category of craft beverages.

Started by two brothers, Nick and Phillip Lorenz, Nectar Creek is the culmination of a lifelong desire to start an agriculturally-focused business. Making mead was a natural progression of their fermentation, distilling and bee keeping experiences.

They specialize in session meads, which are carbonated and contain less than 10 percent alcohol by volume. Affordably priced, the three flagship meads available year-round are the gingery Sting, fruity Cluster and raw honey Waggle. They make limited releases, like the coffee-flavored Top Bar.

“There are more types of honey than kinds of grapes and hops. Unlike beer and wine there are endless ingredients to combine,” says Nick.

Nectar Creek’s tap room and restaurant in Philomath has a quality-conscious menu highlighting Oregon farms, serving foods such as panini, salads and onsite-cured, pulled pork sandwiches. They also host Oregon beer, cider and wine guest taps.

In addition to meads also found in distribution, they have tap room exclusives. Recently they released whiskey flavored meads by aging them in whiskey barrels.

Danielle Jarkowsky

Honey and food are both locally sourced. The closest honey comes from Queen Bee Honey across the street. The food comes from nearby farms such as Gathering Together Farm, approximately two miles away.

Even if you’ve bought their mead at the store you will want to visit the Nectar Creek tap room restaurant for its unique drinks, food, indoor/outdoor seating and event space. It is the perfect way to begin or end a trip to Newport, a bike ride up Marys Peak or to spend time with friends and family.

Article by Danielle Joy Jarkowsky. Photos by Danielle Jarkowsky and Mark Belson. Danielle Jarkowsky is a freelance writer, travel journalist, and fine art photographer residing in Corvallis, Oregon. Keep up with Corvallis news, events and happenings by signing up for our email newsletter.

Flagship mead taps at Nectar Creek in Philomath, Oregon, by Danielle Jarkowsky
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