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Inspiring Conversations with Axel Eaton of Golden Coast Mead

Today we’d like to introduce you to Axel Eaton.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Rumi once said – “We are not a drop in the universe. You are the universe in a drop.”

For us, mead is no different. There is an entire universe in a bottle. Mead is in our ancestry. Mead is ancient storytelling, laughter, and community. Mead is the essence of 10,000 pollinations on your tongue from one drop. Wine is… black and white. Cookie-cutter. Rows of grapes, irrigation, and fertilization of a monocrop. Resource extraction.

MEAD tells the rich story of diversity and evolution… flowers, bees, and nectar. Bees living like kings because they selflessly work for each other and want each other to live like kings. Pollinators sharing the glorious wealth of a flourishing ecosystem. And sometime around 5-10 Thousand years ago, humans that discovered an opportunity to join the dance with bees, nature, and honey.

Golden Coast Mead has been fermenting honey since October 24th, 2010. As a small, family-owned company, we are giddy! Filling glasses with liquid sunshine is our way of reminding ourselves that we can all work together and live in harmony and abundance. And as we bounce back from a global contraction in community and social life, or work is to share this message! Love! In a bottle!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Sometimes our strongest light can be found in the darkest hour. Our greatest challenge is introducing the wisdom and beauty of Mead into a world that is learning how to heal its relationship to land and ancestry. Specifically in sharing our latest canned product, Made Mead. Most bar managers say, “White claw is horrible! This mead is amazing, probably the best can of alcohol I’ve had… but people want white claw”.

As we begin to sample our mead at liquor stores and grocery stores, customers realize – “Whoa! This is lightyears better than most drinks. No sugar? Organic Honey from the Amazon Rainforest? One gram of residual sugar from honey?” In sharing our mead with people, they fall in love. With the product, themselves, and life. Ultimately, this challenge of informing the consumer is the best part of my job… I’m lighting up people’s lives!

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success for Golden Coast Mead is creating measurable happiness, abundance, harmony in the world. To do so we are transforming the beverage industry in a way that lights up people’s lives and regenerates the earth.

Come find us at our tasting room in Oceanside & our farmer’s market booths in Hillcrest Vista, Poway, and Ocean Beach. Ultimately, we want to share the wisdom of bees – creating their own infinite reality together with friends and family. To know that we can add value to this earth while experiencing its abundance. We hold a vision of transforming the beverage industry in a way that gives better-for-you options to consumers. A way that supports flourishing ecosystems and a healthy future for bees. A choice to empower and fill up the cup of every single being here.


  • $13 4-pack of cans
  • $35 Bottle (750mL)

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@girlnextdoorhoney @jolieanastasia @sacredbeeometry @troelshaahr

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