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Legends Behind the Craft

Apr 27, 2023

Danielle and Derek Busch are the Founders of Batch Mead, a family-owned meadery in Temecula, California. Under their leadership, the meadery specializes in locally sourced, small batches of mead and hard cider. 

Batch Mead consecutively won “Best in Show” from the San Diego International Beer Festival from 2020 to 2022 and was also named “Best Mead” during the San Diego International Beer Competition in 2021.

In this episode with Danielle and Derek Busch

How does a husband and wife duo transition from experimenting with meads in their kitchen to launching these products to the public? 

Batch Mead grew after a wine kit experience went wrong. While researching other alcohols he could make, Derek Busch heard the mention of mead in a TV show. This casual encounter spurred his love for brewing. This led Derek and his wife, Danielle, to their current endeavors — regularly producing batches of flavorful mead.

In today's episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Danielle and Derek Busch, Founders of Batch Mead, as they give a glimpse into their meadery's humble beginnings. Danielle and Derek also share their brewing process, how the pandemic changed their approach, and give a peek into their plans for Batch Mead’s future.