Mead with Michael Fairbrother and Berniece Van Der Berg – BeerSmith Podcast #197

by Brad Smith on August 13, 2019 · 0 comments

Michael Fairbrother and Berniece Van Der Berg from Moonlight Meadery join me this week to discuss mead.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (49:19)

  • This week I welcome Michael Fairbrother and Berniece Van Der Berg from Moonlight Meadery.  Michael is founder and head mead maker at Moonlight Meadery, and Berniece is co-founder and Vice President of Marketing.
  • We open with a brief discussion of some of the new things going on at Moonlight Meadery.
  • Michael talks a bit about National Mead Day which was August 3rd, including some of the activities surrounding this day.
  • Berneice talks a bit about National Honeybee Day coming up on August 17th and we also discuss how important honey bees are.
  • Michael tells us how he works very closely with honey suppliers and also how they have gone 100% organic with their suppliers
  • Berniece shares a bit about the US beekeeper industry and how it is still dominated by smaller family beekeepers
  • We discuss the state of craft mead making and how it has been rapidly expanding the last few years.
  • We discuss some new innovations at Moonlight meadery and also how Michael’s mead making has evolved over his last 9 years in business.
  • We discuss how the popular meads at Moonlight have evolved over time, as well as the offering of specialty meads.
  • Michael and Berniece give their thoughts on where they think the mead industry is going next as well as closing thoughts on craft mead.


Thanks to Michael Fairbrother and Berniece Van Der Berg for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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