The Brightside: Creating a buzz about environmentalism through mead

BERLIN, Md. – Opening up a business can be a scary venture, especially during a global pandemic… but a man named Brett Hines is determined to make a difference with his new establishment called The Buzz Meadery.

Mead, also known as honey wine, is the oldest existing form of alcohol.

Hines said, “Beer is made with grain, wine is made with grapes, mead is made with honey… and that’s the way I like to think about it.”

Not only is mead a historic and delicious drink, it’s also environmentally friendly.

Hines said, “I really like making mead because I’m able to actually source the supply chain, the entire supply chain myself from our local community.”

Hines works with local farmers and a local apiary to brew up the beverage, helping both the honeybee population and the local agriculture industry to thrive.

“Through keeping our supply chain local, not only do we support local farmers, we empower our community by keeping more dollars in our communities, but we also reduce our carbon footprint,” Hines said.

Hines also sells his mead in reusable bottles, which people can bring back to get a discount off their next order.

“Then we’re not having to buy new you know bottles or cans all the time,” Hines explained.

So not only is Brett producing delicious mead, he’s also brewing up conversations about environmentalism in Berlin.

Hines said, “Everybody can relax around a glass of mead, and that’s how I felt the most approachable way was to have this conversation was through that.”

So whether he’s crafting the perfect drink for his customers, inspiring others to pursue their goals, or pouring out his feelings about environmentalism, you can always find Hines creating a buzz about mead in his community.

Hines works closely with his wife to make this all possible. She is also into environmentalism.

If you’re interested in buying a bottle from Brett and his wife, you can find them at the Ocean Pines Farmers Market on Saturday, and at the Berlin Farmers Market on Sunday.

You can also find them at their taphouse located at 9040 Worcester Highway, Unit D in Berlin. Their taphouse is open Thursday through Sunday 1 p.m. through 6 p.m.

You can find The Buzz Meadery on Facebook by clicking here.

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