You won’t be able to try superstar homebrewer Nathan Zeender‘s beers until Shaw brewpub Right Proper opens in the fall. But as of last Friday, Zeender’s new line of WildCraft sodas are on tap at Meridian Pint.
The small-batch, draft-only sodas are made with foraged botanicals and lightly sweetened with honey. Meridian Pint has two dedicated draft lines for WildCraft, which it’s selling for $4 a glass. The two opening flavors are Ebulon, a fruity and tangy aperitif soda with elderberries, hibiscus, rose hips, and pink peppercorns, and Groot Beer, a “true root beer” containing 12 roots, herbs, and botanicals including sarsaparilla, licorice, and burdock.
Zeender is hoping to have his sodas at additional bars as soon as next month. (Stay tuned for details.) He’s also in conversations with a couple farmers markets about setting up draft stands. But for now, Meridian Pint is WildCraft Soda’s “incubator.”
“Botanical sodas are a pretty radical new concept, and l imagine consumers may need some context at the point of service and that is something the Pint does so well and comfortably—they never come across preachy or pretentious,” Zeender tells Y&H via email. “Who knows maybe 2013 will be the year of botanicals.”
Photo courtesy Nathan Zeender