Back in 2006 bee keepers in the USA first began to report of what is now known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Whole hives where being wipes out. The cause, although researched heavily, has not yet been determined. Perhaps caused by increased exposure to insecticides and pesticides , invasive parasites, or bee specific virus or a combination of threats, the concern about populations of bees disappearing is alarming.

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For an average sized batch of 1634 Meadery mead, say 150 gallons, it takes 36 GALLONS or 430 lbs of honey! How many bees is that? Since each honey bee is capable making about 1.5 teaspoons of honey over the course of its lifetime, that would be 6,720 bees required to produce a gallon of honey! Times that by 36 and you get a whole lotta bees!

After MONTHS of excruciatingly painful waiting, we were finally approved as a winery in November!  Whoo Hoo! This must be what it feels like to win the lottery! Let the  fermentation commence!