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We take honey from San Diego orange orchards and water from San Diego springs and brew delicious mead.  Build a meadery with us.
We take honey from San Diego orange orchards and water from San Diego springs and brew delicious mead. Build a meadery with us.
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What is Mead?

Mead is alcohol which is produced by fermenting honey.  It is the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world.  The Ethiopian Kings drank it, Beowulf drank it.  Aristotle, Arjuna, Shakespeare...they all drank it.  And so did your great-great-great-great- fore mommas and papas.  The agricultural revolution came around and made grapes and grain easier to harvest for wine and beer.  Mead regrettably, was ignored for something easier and cheaper to produce.  Today mead is making a comeback.

Who is Golden Coast Mead?

Since our college years back in 2004, we began brewing mead socially – at that time storing it in our apartment bathtub. Starting in 2010 we decided we wanted to share mead with more than just our friends and family and we began brewing on a micro/nano/pico commercial level.  This last year we made 70 gallons every other month (or about 175 bottles a month) by leasing equipment and borrowing space.  With your support, funds would go to building a meadery business brewing quality mead using only local ingredients at a larger scale.

During the last two years we have:

  • Begun to brew batches as large as 300 gallons
  • Funded all expenses from our personal savings
  • Created partnerships with great local retailers
  • Built and maintained 10 bee colonies

During the last two years we have NOT:

  • Paid ourselves a salary
  • Purchased any of our own equipment
  • Partnered with any third party distributors
  • Spent any money on marketing

The demand we have seen in the San Diego area alone makes us believe in the idea that a standalone meadery would allow us to supply this delicious beverage to more people across California and eventually the US, for their benefit and the benefit of local and regional food systems which depend on the work of bees and bee keepers.  The ability to buy our own equipment using our own space, would make that dream a reality.

How is Mead Made?

It all starts with bees.  Bees pollinate flowers (in our case, orange groves) and return to their hive, transforming nectar into sweet honey.  This honey's taste and texture are direct reflections of the region the bees pollinate.  

After the bees make their honey, we take that honey and blend it with water from the Palomar mountain spring.  We mix in some yeast and voila!  After three months of fermenting and three months of aging we will take what is now a delicious alcoholic beverage and pour it into a bottle, hand-cork, hand-label, and tie a golden cage atop the cork.

Why//How/When is Kickstarter?

Why - Kickstarter gives people like us, with unique and specific dreams, a chance to make them come to life with help from supporters like you.

When - Now.  We have just 60 days to raise just under $20,000.

How – Start a Kickstarter account, sign into Amazon, pledge $1 or more.  If we reach our goal by the time our project expires your card will be charged your pledge amount.

What do we need help with?

The following photo was us in 2010 when we had our first mead tasting party and featured 11 different mead recipes.  We surveyed 50 of our closest friends to finalize our flagship recipe.

Look at how happy we are.  In those halcyon days of 2010 the world was one big pot of honey waiting to be fermented.

This was a screenshot taken during our most recent meeting.

This was snapped when we were reviewing a cost estimate sheet for creating our own meadery.  If you can sense any frustration it stems from this: We have proven a rampant demand for our quality, locally-sourced mead in the San Diego craft brewing community.  We know how to make the product in order to meet this demand.  We do not have the resources to brew this amount of mead and our current revenue will not allow us to expand to this capacity within the foreseeable future.

Your donations will be used to purchase the following equipment:

  • 1 x Bond/winemaking license
  • 2 x 150 Gallon Fermenting Tanks
  • 3 x 300 gallon Flex Tanks
  • 1 x 300 Gallon Bright Tank
  • 8 x Hoses
  • 1 x Pumps
  • 1 x Compressor
  • 1 x Used Forklift

We have big dreams.  Without you, we will remain where we are.  With your help, we can build a functioning, standalone meadery and introduce the magic of quality mead to the world.

More about Golden Coast Mead

Golden Coast Mead exists to bring the magic of quality mead to passionate people. We want to be a part of the large scale movement towards sustainable, interesting, local-regional food systems.  We think mead can be a great part of that movement. We hope people get excited about our first mead, Mirth in a Bottle.  We hope it gets them thinking about the honey and bees of their region as well as what kind of mead their region could produce. 

One day, there will be a fabric of quality mead production across the country. This fabric will add value to local agriculture and support local bee keepers who attentively care for their bees. It will satisfy customers in a new and deeper way, connecting them with their region and the people with whom they share mead. We call this vision global meadification. We plan to be a leading part of it.

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    Infinite Gratitude, and a mention of your generosity on Twitter to our 6K+ followers.

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    All of the above + Your name (or twitter handle) printed on a sticker and put on one of our bottles.

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    All of the above + a Golden Coast Mead "Founder" Sticker - Free Shipping to USA (Add $10 for Canada and $15 for international)

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    All of the above + Golden Coast Mead "Founder" T-Shirt - Free Shipping to USA (Add $10 for Canada and $15 for international)

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    All of the above + a Golden Coast Mead "Founder" Pint Glass - Free Shipping to USA (Add $10 for Canada and $15 for international)

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    All of the above + a 12 ounce jar of Golden Coast Mead's organic honey sourced from San Diego wildflowers, orchards, and vineyards. Free Shipping to USA (Add $10 for Canada and $15 for international)

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    All of the above + your name added to a permanent founder's plaque which will hang in our new meadery. The founder's plaque will be a single piece of oak with founders' names carved into the front in 2" x 6" frames. Receive an invitation to our meadery's launch party and a free tour and mead tasting able to be redeemed until July 2017.

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    All of the above + your name on a cask of mead to be opened in your honor in a well known San Diego gastropub. If the cask should ever rupture or disappear, your name will be passed down to the cask which replaces it.

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    All of the above + your name and portrait prominently displayed on one of our 6 production tanks. First donors get to choose which they would like to name in their honor. Choose between 2 fermenting tanks, 3 flex tanks, and 1 bright tank.

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    All of the above + you get to name our forklift. We will also hire an artist to paint your face on one side of our forklift and whatever (WHATEVER) you want painted on the other side.

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    All of the above (Unless the forklift has already been named) + We will name a 400 bottle batch in your honor. We will design the label to your liking, submit it to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), and distribute it to retail shops, restaurants, and bars in the San Diego area. We will save one case in our library with your name on it.

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Funding period

- (60 days)