This Saturday not only marks August Gallery Hop but National Mead Day, and the team behind Brothers Drake Meadery has readied its annual day-long celebration of coffee, food, music and, of course, that sweet stuff made from honey.

This Saturday not only marks August Gallery Hop but National Mead Day, and the team behind Brothers Drake Meadery has readied its annual day-long celebration of coffee, food, music and, of course, that sweet stuff made from honey.

Starting at 11 a.m., the Short North meadery will offer free waffles and coffee courtesy of Taste of Belgium and Cafe Brioso, respectively. At noon, anchored food truck Tokyo GoGo will roll out a special one-day-only menu, available until 2 a.m. A free mead-making demo also starts at noon, followed by free production tours (normally $10 per person) at 1 and 2 p.m. Live music will provide the soundtrack for the day, starting with The Devil Doves at 2:30 p.m. and closing with Forest & the Evergreens at 10 p.m. (A $5 cover charge goes into effect at 9 p.m.)

No matter why you visit, don't miss two limited-release meads prepared just for the occasion: the Bourbon Barrel Aged Peach Rush ($24/bottle) and the Brioso Coffee mead ($6.50/glass, $22/bottle). The former is a riff on the meadery's seasonal Peach Rush, made with peaches from Hugus Fruit Farm in Rushville. For the latter, Brothers Drake sourced approximately 100 pounds of Brioso's Ethiopian coffee, says John Justice, director of operations at Cafe Brioso, which was then cold-brewed at the meadery for freshness. "The honey and spices [in the mead] really play off the darker, slightly bitter aspects of the coffee," he says of the decision to use Ethiopian beans. "I love the rich, Ethiopian complexity. It even has a nice little nose of chocolate."

The cold brew was then infused, not fermented, with wildflower honey, so as to not produce off-flavors, says Brothers Drake co-owner Sarah Benary. This way, a "super-heavy coffee flavor" comes through. "I'd like it with spicy foods, like Indian, which is always great with coffee," she says. "I think the sweetness from the honey makes [the mead] a great dinner pairing or as an after-dinner drink."