In building Golden Coast Mead, we've realized we have a two-fold mission, introduce people to the magic of quality mead and craft a comeback for the bee.

We started our company with the vision of sourcing honey only from small scale local beekeepers who treated every hive like the magical world of life that it is.

Frank Golbeck, the CEO and Head Mead Brewer of Golden Coast Mead, has been keeping bees personally for four years. We know that bees are incredible creatures upon whose backs our whole modern food system depends. We imagine having three tiers of product one day, where we source honey from the big guys for everyday mead - that is well made, but approachable in price for people like us. Then, we have our Mirth line, where we partner with local beekeepers like Al Mikolich and Rex Christensen and show off the varietal of local honey we are using and the terroir at its root. Lastly, and this is the only one we haven't done yet, we will have estate hives where we manage every step from flower to hive to bottle.

Each line will be crafted in a different way and offer a different facet of the gem that is bees and life and mead.

In order to build that vision, and make it an economically sustainable thing, we've decided to buy honey from Sue Bee, the national co-op of beekeepers that has a production plant an hour and a half away in Anaheim.

After walking their plant and understanding the way they do business and the way they test to ensure their honey is real honey made by US bees, and after trying to make our business work using only small honey at 3 times the price for the first three years we were in operation, we think using Sue Bee honey is an acceptable practice that will serve our efforts to grow our business and create a market for domestic organic honey, which will hopefully help bees, beekeepers and our whole natural environment.

Most organic honey on the broad market today comes from Brazil where they float hives on barges down the rivers through the rainforest. The organic standards require a three mile radius around the hive of organically raised crops or pesticide/chemical free plants. This means it is very difficult to make organic honey in the US, especially at a scale where we can run a viable fermentation business. However, we are committed to changing that.

In service and hope of making that vision a reality, and knowing that they have controls in place to screen and prevent adulterated and foreign honey from going through their plant, we are okay using Sue Bee honey right now.

But we do have our sights set for the future. What if Golden Coast Mead got big enough to change the national honey industry? What if we could shift enough of the professional beekeepers in the US to keep bees organically? That would mean 27 square miles of organic pasture around a hive of bees. That could not only produce incredible, healthy honey, but also create a landscape of organic pasture for bees across the country.

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