Golden Coast Meadery

Mayor: BuckeyeBoy (1) | Taps: 4 | Bottles: 5
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
mcberko  (1768) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 16, 2017
Pretty cool place tucked in the back of a commercial strip mall. The place is rather small, and is very homey, with a couch on one end closest to the entrance. They had 8 meads (one being a blend at the tap) and a kombucha-ich type of drink on tap. You can order flights of 4 x 2 oz. for $9, or single 2 oz. pours for $4, which is rather pricey. Service is extremely friendly and prompt, and passionate about the product. Unfortunately, I wasn’t overly impressed with the meads, other than the California Oak, which was very good. Nice to mix in some meads though along with a brewery crawl, so I’d recommend on that ground. Cool spot.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
rlgk  (614) Göteborg, Sweden | November 8, 2015
Nice to find a meadery in Southern California. The two guys were really passionate and friendly. We bought a flight with four meads, and was given samples on two more during our stay. Meads were average to good, good prices and great service.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 7, 2014| Updated December 8, 2014
Visited December 6, 2014

This is a small brewery in a small tasting room in a nondescript industrial shopping center. They’re doing 10 bbl of mead at a time and doing a bit of experimenting with things like souring bacteria, oak chips, and peppers. They have a few of them on tap to try. When I was there they had four on tap and the same amount available to go in bottles. A flight of all of them costs $8. Not terrible. The mead itself wasn’t bad. I’m no mead expert but it was all at least drinkable. My favorite was the one with french oak. Fairly sweet and mildly oaky. My least favorite was what they’re calling the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (apparently a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference). It tasted oxidized to me. The story goes that they had a batch that stopped fermenting because of the heat (before they had any kind of temperature control) so they pitched yeast nutrient and champagne yeast. It’s interesting but I didn’t like it.

The other interesting bit of info that I got is that these guys now have a tasting room in Julian, in the same building that the Julian Cider Company is in. I think it’s neat concept but I don’t understand how a little town of 1500 people can support 4 breweries (although it sounds like Julian Brewing is now out of business, so maybe it can’t).
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (1392) Dublin, California | October 7, 2014
New tasting room in a business park. Kind of tricky to find since our driver just sort of looked it up on the map...

The tasting room is quite small. They have a few little tables and a seemingly temporary bar in front of the fermenters. Lots of bee and honey themed stuff all over the place. They had four meads available for sample, all on tap. Bottles for sale as well. The service was quite friendly, though not necessarily super knowledgable about mead itself. That’s cool, I’m not either.

The four meads were all okay for the most part. A bit different sensation since it’s less syrupy and sparkling. The pours are pretty cheap, so it’s one of the more economical ways to try some new meads.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
GT  (672) San Diego, California | October 5, 2014
Date. . . . . . . . . . ..10.4.14
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Meadery Tasting Room
Location. . . . . . . .Industrial Park off of Oceanside Blvd
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..$2 tasters
Tap Selection. . . .4 house meads
Bottle Selection. .4+ house meads
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .No
Samplers. . . . . . ...Yes, $8 flight of 4
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes?
Mead Level. . . . . ..Decent to Subpar
Food Level. . . . ...n/a
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Very Friendly
Growlers. . . . . . ...No
Noise Level. . . . ..Quiet
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Cramped Equipment Storage Room
Good for Kids. . ..No
Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Sure?
Comments: It is a fun stop to try these guys’ new meads- tasting room is three months old. Meads on tap, 4, consisted of two they bottle and two that were special edition tap only, so that can make it worth the stop I guess. Mead quality was a little strange as their mead is sparkling and served chilled. Staff was talkative, inquisitive, and engaging. Interesting stop to say the least. They have their bottled offerings for sale to go. Not sure what those prices are.

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