Brad Dahlhofer, 37
B. Nektar Meadery
Brad is founder and CEO of B. Nektar Meadery in Ferndale. He was inspired to pursue his brewing hobby by wedding guests who raved about the hand crafted mead he made for his wedding toast. After a couple years of planning, the business opened to the public in 2008. The following year B.Nektar Meadery was declared Best New Business by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce.
B. Nektar Meadery is recognized as the largest and most highly-ranked producer of fermented-honey beverages in the world. The company has experienced explosive growth in its six years, with its growing from three to more than 23 full-time employees. With annual gross sales numbering in the millions of dollars, B. Nektar products are now distributed in more than 20 states, as well as Denmark, and a growing number of other countries. When its current expansion is completed next year, the company's facilities will have grown from a leaky basement, to nearly 30,000 square feet in several Ferndale industrial district buildings.
B. Nektar Meadery has received a number of awards, including Best Brewers in The World and the Mazer Cup International.
The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2015.