Amrita Park Meadery is continuing a tradition of high-level mead making started by Andy’s grandfather, Denis “POPPO” Coates, in 1934 when he was 14.
Dennis Coates started tending bees as part of his and his father’s small market garden and fell in love with beekeeping. He also discovered mead at this early stage and became passionate about developing his skills and techniques as a mead maker (Mazer).
Poppo Coates joined the British Navy during the war and served on several ships, including HMS Matchless, before returning to his bees and mead-making after the war.
Poppo was involved in all aspects of honey production, including Queen rearing and enjoyed in-depth discussions with Brother Adam from Buckfast Abbey, the creator of the famous Buckfast Bee.
In mead making, Poppo went on to win many awards for both his honey and his mead, including the highest accolade for mead, the “Mazer Cup”, which he won outright in 1962 and 1963.