Northeast NECTAR: Honey Kolsch

Nectar is a sugar-rich liquid produced in plants called nectaries, either within the flowers with which it attracts pollinating animals, or by extrafloral nectaries, which provide a nutrient source. Common nectar-consuing pollinators include bees and butterflies, but also moths, hummingbirds, and bats.

Minneapolis is thriving with native deciduous plants that are ripe with nectar. Local honey sources are used as ingredients into this craft beer.

What came first, the wax or the honey?

This is a pale, lighter bodied ale that is smooth, clean and refreshing. Additions of honey give this a sweeter character as it is fermented clean. It is brewed with 3 different malts and copious amounts of honey added at the end of the batch. Enjoy this year round.

Pairs well with: Lamb, White Cheddar Cheese

ABV: 5.0%     IBU: 23     SRM: 5


In the early 1900s, the Northeast foundries of Minneapolis held a monopoly on investment casting; a process that uses wax pattern casts made from a combination of paraffin, carnuba and bee’s wax which produce complicated shapes too difficult or impossible with conventional die casting.

Having just moved his family into a spacious Holland neighborhood home, beekeeper Tillman Kolsch was the largest supplier of beeswax for all of the foundries with lucrative future contracts looming for foundry expansion. For Tillman, life was good.

But as life has it, the foundries, ignoring new strides in the advancement of dies and casting soon became obsolete and rapidly folded one by one.

Hard times seemed full speed ahead for Kolsch and his kinder but fortunately for Tillman, Otto, the beekeeper’s 2nd son’s passion for craft brewing would avert their impending place in line at the soup kitchens and cater in a new legacy.

Otto’s prowess in combining his grand father’s recipe with local ingredients like the native deciduous plants thriving in Northeast known as Nectaries: a sugar-rich liquid his father’s bee’s turn into liquid gold, produced a pale, lighter bodied nectar-rich ale that’s clean, refreshing and oh so smooth.

As demand for their newly crafted nectar grew, Tillman began converting the failed foundries into state-of-the-art breweries and flourished wildly until the adoption of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – known as Prohibition…but that’s another story.

Just as Tillman reinvented his fortune, so too has 56 brewing reinvented an ale brewed with 3 different malts and copious amounts of honey added at the end of the batch worthy carry the Kolsch name for all in the Northeast community and beyond to enjoy for years to come.