Buffalo is the city of good neighbors, even if our neighbors are five hours away. The Western New York brewing community is no different and is always willing to lend a helping hand to others in the brewing community and beyond.

The pandemic has hit small businesses in many different ways, but some have suffered in multiple unexpected ways.  When Hurricane Ida hit in late August 2021, Upper Reach Meadery in Perkasie, Pennsylvania was completely flooded and lost all equipment and product while also receiving no benefit from their insurance companies who declared the damage non-covered as an “act of God.”

Members of the American Mead Makers Association (AMMA) reached out to meaderies around the country in an effort to help raise funds for Upper Reach. Lilly Belle Meads worked with owner Adam Crockett to come up with a recipe that represents both meaderies and will be enjoyed by all for a good cause!  Black Button Distilling also answered the call and donated some of their bourbon barrels to the cause in an effort to maximize the product and profits for the benefit.

Lilly Belle is lending a helping hand by donating all proceeds from the sales of their new plum spiced mead aged in Black Button Bourbon Barrels, which was brewed in collaboration with Upper Reach owner Adam Crockett. The mead is available at Lilly Belle Meads in Lancaster and can also be pre-purchased online.

There is also a GoFundMe page for Upper Reach Meadery set up. 4-packs retail for $24.