You've got to love a good success story. Phillip and Nick Lorenz certainly fit that description with how well a business idea they had only five or six years ago has blossomed into a profitable venture. I'm talking about Nectar Creek and the niche market they entered by deciding to produce mead.
We have an incredible choice of craft beers, wines and ciders here in Oregon, but only a handful of those that produce mead. The Lorenz brothers appear to be doing pretty well by the looks of their new building that's now open in west Philomath.
I'll admit that I've enjoyed Nectar Creek's ginger mead (they call it, "Sting," I believe) since a stop at their Corvallis facility during a Bounty of Benton County tour maybe five years ago. One of my favorite spots in southtown Corvallis usually had their ginger mead on tap and that was seriously the main reason I frequented that business.
Nowadays with a baby (and before that a pregnant wife), I haven't had too many opportunities to enjoy an adult beverage. I really wanted to have one tonight but a school board meeting was set to begin at 7 p.m., so I opted instead for the honey ginger soda that they also make.
I think Nectar Creek is going to be a hit in Philomath, not just with locals but with those coming in from neighboring Corvallis or elsewhere. Apparently, a local told one of the owners to not contact the newspaper just yet about it opening so it could stay a secret a little longer and keep away the big crowds. Judging from the number of people I saw in there on a Thursday night, I don't think the place needs a newspaper story to spread the word.
Good luck to the Lorenz brothers and welcome to Philomath.