Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2015 1:00 am
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Fans of medieval re-enactments, Harry Potter and “Game of Thrones” are most likely these days to know about mead — a type of wine made by fermenting honey instead of grapes. Nebraskans can expand their knowledge, not to mention their wine-tasting palate, at Moonstruck Meadery in the Old Towne area of Bellevue, the state’s oldest city.
Founder and owner Brian Schlueter, who opened Moonstruck in 2011, was a beer connoisseur when he started making his own mead while stationed at an Air Force base in Okinawa. He serves appetizers and seven varieties of pizza along with Moonstruck’s meads, which have been repeatedly decorated at national and international wine competitions since 2013.
Ten varieties of meads, beginning with a “Traditional Show Mead” made from water, yeast and three types of honey (White Dutch, wild clover and alfalfa). The list includes six types of “melomel” fruit meads (plum, cherry, peach, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry), along with Capsumel (pepper mead), Hoppy (made with Cascade and German Hallertau hops) and Apple Cyser (sweet apples and holiday spices).
Moonstruck’s menu features honey-crust pizzas, including an “El Rey” taco pizza featuring seasoned beef, sausage, olives, lettuce, tomatoes, corn chips and a refried bean sauce. Gluten-free crusts are available.
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