If you are a fan of craft beer, delicious pub food and making memories with friends, Mudshark Brewery and Public House in Lake Havsu City, Arizona on the shores of picturesque Lake Havasu should be your destination. Since 1998, Mudshark Brewery has contributed mightily to making Lake Havasu City one of the top destinations in the state of Arizona.

And Mudshark Brewery has also been a leader in the Grand Canyon States craft brewing industry. So the recent announcement about the introduction of the breweries new Buzz Honey Lager isn’t really a surprise. But this new lager is going to set a new standard. And it has a Route 66 connection.

The orange blossom honey in this honey lager comes from a locally sourced Route 66 based supplier. Also setting this lager apart from all others is the unique partnership behind this orignal brew. “We are thrilled to partner with Mudshark Brewery to bring The Buzz Honey Lager to the people of Arizona,” said Steve LeSueur, editor of The BUZZ in your Community. “This beer is a celebration of the best of what our state has to offer – from the hardworking beekeepers who produce the honey to the talented brewers who have brought this beer to life.”

The new honey lager is rooted in the history of beer brewing. Honey beer is no new phenomenon. It is historically classified as meade or braggott and dates to at least the 12th century in its current fornm.  

Did you know that White House Honey Ale was the first beer known to have been brewed in the White House? in January 2011, at the request of President Barack Obama, a home brewing kit was purchased with personal funds. By 2012 the President had developed three distinctive brews beside the White House Honey Ale. These included White House Honey Blonde Ale, White House Honey Porter and White House Honey Brown.

But the use of honey in beers, or meads, predates the Mudshark brew, or President Obama’s experiments by centuries. Archeological excavations in the Middle East have found evidence that the ancient Sumerians brewed a type of beer known as shendi. Used in the brewing process were dates, a variety of herbs, and of course, honey.

The American Brewing History Initiative at the National Museum of American History has launched an initiative to document and collect the colorful history of beers and brewing in the United States. A primary focus is the renaissance of the craft beer industry, and modern home brewing.

The new Buzz Honey Lager may not be historic but it will surely please the palate of craft beer connoisseurs. And soon you will be able to savor a glass at Mudhsark Brewery and Public House in Lake Havasu City, and at clubs, bars, and historic saloons throughout northwest Arizona.

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America