What Would You Do?

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What Would You Do?

What would you do with all of the time, money and energy in the world?

It’s the most important questions we can ask ourselves.

About 8 years ago, my wife Theresa asked me that question. At the time, I was working in the Navy, working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, fixing a ship that had run aground off the coast of Kuwait. When I finally came home from work each day, I would lay on the floor of our small cottage in San Diego and I wouldn’t move or talk for half an hour.

On one of these nights, Theresa said, “Frank, this isn’t you. You are a happy, energetic, creative person. I don’t think you want to do this for the rest of our life together.”

Whoa. She was right.

There was a part of my mind that was resigned to the idea that I would go on doing this sort of thing for the rest of my working life. My nose was so close to the grindstone that I hadn’t questioned the reality I had made for myself and whether it was worth pursuing.

Then she asked me that question. THE BEST QUESTION EVER: “What would you do with all the time, money and energy in the world?”

This is THE BEST QUESTION EVER, because it made me re-think what I had been doing day in and day out so that instead of just working to get by, I could live a life that would truly make me joyful and allow me to share something filled with the joy of creation with the world.

I knew that with all of the time, money, and energy in the world, I wanted to use my creativity to make the world a better place. I wanted to brew mead, spread joy with those who drank it, and help create the world we wanted to live in.

This is the question that led to the creation of Golden Coast Mead. It is why we exist today, why we fight for beyond sustainable ingredients that you can feel good about, and why 1% of all of our revenue goes towards research ensuring that the honeybee will be able to thrive for many generations to come.

This question is vital to our happiness as humans and says everything about who we are as individuals. As Golden Coast Mead continues to grow and thrive, we want to understand who you are. As we grow and evolve as a company, we want to continue to spread joy and happiness with our mead in your life and help you share joy and beauty and happiness in yours.

So, what would you do with all the time, money and energy in the world? Share your answers with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #MeadIsMagic. Thanks! We will feature the best submissions right here on our blog.

For the bees! For the earth!

Frank

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MeadNog Recipe + Notes from the Bee Audacious Conference

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MeadNog Recipe + Notes from the Bee Audacious Conference

Season’s Meadings! Ha!

Have you tried mead-nog yet? If not, it’s amazing. Orange Blossom mead with Organic Valley brand eggnog (I’m sure other eggnogs will work, but why not go for the most good-for-the-earth milk brand I know of - Organic Valley? In a world of “cowschwitz” like CAFOs - a handful of pragmatic idealists built a billion dollar co-operative selling organic milk. The average herd size is 72 cows. The farmers work together to market their milk at a price that works for their family owned, organic dairy operations. We are inspired by both their success and adherence to their values).

The MeadNog tastes like a citrusy, rich, holiday Orange Julius? It makes for quiet the holiday party addition.

The Bee Audacious Conference happened a few weeks ago.

The objective was to identify a way forward for the community of beekeepers in America in light of the pressure that the bees are facing. It was a fantastic event that used a collaborative dialogue process which covered a ton of material across a broad range of bee related issues in a very short amount of time.

Hundreds of experts on everything related to bees, from USDA honey bee researchers and foremost professors of apiculture (including the ever more famous Dr. Marla Spivak, whose work we support with a part of our 1% for the Planet donation of 1% of our gross sales revenue) to commercial beekeepers with 5000-20,000 hives, to Randy Oliver of scientificbeekeeping.com, to hobby beekeepers and conservationists, to two meaderies - us at Golden Coast Mead and Gordon Hull from Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes Station - we all discussed how to help the bees. (We also poured our mead and it was a hit! All the beeple were delightfully surprised with how modern and refreshing and balanced our meads were. It was a pleasure to share them.)

There will be a lot of material published on the back end of the conference so stay tuned, but some of my gleanings included:

  • Bees are an incredible entry point for people to care about the earth. The more that people learn about bees, the more they become interested in the bees and the earth, making them like bees even more. It’s a virtuous cycle that can help solve some of the problems posed by environmental deficit disorder.
  • Stewardship is an incredible capacity of humanity - we have the ability to make the living systems we depend on more abundant and resilient through our wise efforts. When we do so we are rewarded with beauty and abundance.
  • What if we started a co-op for American Beekeepers that was like Organic Valley mentioned above? Their purpose would be to market US Produced Organic Honey that was produced with the health of the honey bee front and center to business operations. They would ban together the beekeepers to sell their high quality, domestic honey at bulk prices that worked for the bees and beekeepers, overcoming the race to the bottom price dynamic that is a result of foreign honey of dubious quality inundating our market.
  • What if there are two ways to keep bees - wild/feral hives without treatments, where nature is the agent of evolution, and domesticated hives with intensive, natural miticide management, where the beekeeper breeds their own queens and actively culls approximately 50% of their hives every year in order to select the most beneficial and healthy genetics? Beekeeper as agent of evolution. Randy Oliver is a great resource on these thoughts.
  • There is some amazing Organic Honey being produced in North America (Texas, Hawaii and Chiapas Mexico). Stay tuned as we endeavor to bring you more of it.

Stay tuned for more insights in these next few weeks!

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Report Back from the 2016 California Beekeepers Association Annual Conference

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Report Back from the 2016 California Beekeepers Association Annual Conference

I went to the California Beekeepers Association Annual Conference the other week. Whew-ee! Not looking great folks. The bees are struggling. Beekeepers are working their stingers off trying to keep their bees alive and still losing around 40% of their hives each year...

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Congress is considering the MEAD Act

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Congress is considering the MEAD Act

We are excited to share that Congress is considering the MEAD Act.



Our friends at B Nektar Meadery (particularly their awesome CEO Brad Dalhoffer) are taking the lead in trying to enable the mead category to compete better with the giant mutli-nationals in the huge alcoholic beverage market

Did you know that beer, wine and spirits are a combined $210B industry? Hollywood, by comparison is “only” $38B. Crazy, right?

Details are in development but soon we’ll be asking you, our friends and fans and supporters, to write your Congressperson and ask for their support.

If you’re in Orange County (Anaheim - 46th District), Lorretta Sanchez is on the Ways and Meads (ha! Didn’t mead to do that) Committee. Writing to her is key.

Please let us know (in the comments below, or by email) if you are interested in getting involved in helping us make the mead industry more able to compete in the modern craft beverage marketplace.

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