It all started in the summer of 2005. Dan was encouraged by his Aunt Nancy to head to Denmark for 10 days with his 2 cousins to do some "on the ground research" regarding the family genealogy. He left me back in Massachusetts with infant twin girls just over a year old. He on vacation, me in baby work world. So, he, being the thoughtful husband, brought back for me a ceramic bottle of "Viking Mead." "Viking Mead??" I scratched my head. Very romantic (??). Never heard of mead. He (being testosterone laden) thought it looked cool. I (being full of estrogen) thought it a waste of money (I would have loved a lovely old vine zin at that point being by myself with 2 "busy" babies to look after while he was gone "researching.") So, there it sat on the liquor shelf along with all the other half used weird booze one buys for a specific cocktail you only use once.

Fast forward 3 years.

"Hey, what is this?" as he dug deep into the pantry. There is was, no worse for wear, a bit dust coated, but "well aged." We opened it, lacking that lovely old vine zin of which I spoke, and poured 2 glasses. We sniffed. We sipped. We were HOOKED. Mead was amazing! It was not the sweet syrupy drink we assumed it was! Delicious. "We can make this!" He said with a smirk. The rest, as they say, is history - or will be (we hope!).

We had always been beer brewers - started that in gad school as a hobby and to save some money. But mead and wine was to follow. Dan tried his hand at all sorts of wine, some good, some okay, some, well, good for cooking. Mead creating soon followed the wine. Neighbors came to sample and give feedback. "This smells like dirty socks." "Wet sponges?" "Nice fruit overtones." These are some of the comments overheard on our deck among or many friends. Dan became the "mad scientist," keeping dutiful log notes about quantities , measurements, temperatures, and fermentation activity. Honey was ordered by the bucketful. Spice racks were gone over and perused and spices chosen. Kids were shooed out of the basement. We waited. We watched the bubbling. We waited some more. and then we sipped. Pure bliss!  He did it!  The hard work had paid off!

So, now several years down the road, we are ready to share our passion for mead with others. We hope you will come and check us out, come tour the production room, partake in the tasting room, and hopefully support our honey nano-winery!

front23Sep16Our signature cranberry mead has been released!  Get it while you can!!  This was a small trial batch and it is getting rave reviews!

Made with Carver, MA cranberries, and local wildflower honey, this fruit foward mead is tart and sweet.  Serve with dinner or sip while watching a football game.  Your choice.  This mead has been sitting aging for a year.  Made with fresh dry picked berries.

This took hours of tweaking and tasting to get it right!  But our team is dedicated to making the right stuff!  In fact we will stay up drinking and tasting all night long!  Enjoy!

We give 10% discount on a case of 12 or more.  Adjustment will be made when adding wines to your cart.

 

We are slowly growing! Recently added:

Wine Connextion, North Andover

Cape Ann Liquors, Gloucestor

Boston Wine Exchange, Boston

Colonial Spirits, Acton


You can buy our meads at the following towns:

Acton

Amesbury

Boston

Belmont

Braintree

Cambridge

Essex

Gloucestor

Hamilton

Haverhill/Bradford

Ipswich

Marblehead

Middleton

Newburyport

North Andover

Reading

Rowley

Salem

Somerville

Stoneham

Sudbury

Swamscott

Weymouth

More on the way!  Stay tuned...

 ACTON

Colonial Spirits
87 Great Rd (Rt. 2A)
Acton, MA 01720

AMESBURY

Craft Beer Cellar - Amesbury - check out the great selection of craft mead, beer and cider!
19 Main St
Amesbury, MA 01913
978-792-5634

Leary's Fine Wine and Spirits
100 Macy St.
Amesbury, MA 01913
978-388-4400

ESSEX

Essex Wine Exchange - great new shop on causeway in Essex
91 Main St
Essex, MA
978-768-7500

 IPSWICH          

Marcorelle's Wines and Liquors-Great local family business!

30 Central St.
Ipswich, MA 01938
978-356-5400
           

Coastal Green Grocer - Great Local Goods and Fantastic Cheese!

51 Market St.
Ipswich, MA 01938
978-356-8500

Ipswich Bottle Shop

188 High St.
Ipswich, MA 01938

978-356-2400

Cellar Door - Great Craft Kitchen Store with Beer and Wine!

1 N Main St
Ipswich, MA 01938
978-356-9463

ROWLEY

Rowley Liquors

144 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley, MA 01969

HAMILTON

Hamilton Community Package Store

45 Bay Rd (Rt. 1A)
Hamilton, MA 01982
978-468-1386

HAVERHILL/BRADFORD

Academy Liquors

699 S. Main St.
Haverhill, MA 01835
978-374-1340

 

SALEM

Salem Liquors (two locations) - Great mead selection!

128 North St.
Salem, MA 01970
Phone:978-744-1480

and

125 Canal St.
Salem, MA 01970

Pamplemousse - Gourmet Kitchen Store

185 Essex St.
Salem, MA 01970
978-745-2900

The Cheese Shop of Salem - Great people, great cheese!

45 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970
978-498-4820

MARBLEHEAD

Shubie's Marketplace-You will want to take home dinner!
16 Atlantic Ave.
Marblehead, Ma 01945

781–631-0149

SOMERVILLE

Ball Square Fine Wines - Experts in everything wine!

716 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
617-623-9500

BELMONT

Craft Beer Cellar

51 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478

617-932-1885

 

BOSTON

Bauer Wine and Spirits - fine wines and expert staff!

330 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
617-262-0363

CAMBRIDGE

Liquor World

13 White Street
Cambridge, MA
 617-547-3110

The Boston Public Market - Everything local!

Massachusetts Wineries
100 Hanover St. at Haymarket Station
Boston, MA

Craft Beer Cellar - Fort Point - Just opened and great!

34 Farnsworth St.
Boston, MA 02210
857-233-2867

BOSTON WINE EXCHANGE
181 Devonshire Street
Boston, MA

 

MIDDLETON

Vinum Wine Shop - Everything Local
210 South Main St.
Middleton, MA

NEWBURYPORT

Port Fine Wines & Spirits
25 Storey Ave.
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-463-2077

NORTH ANDOVER

The Wine Connextion
117 Main Street
North Andover, MA 01845
877-469-5025

 

GLOUCESTOR

Cape Ann Liquors
711 Gloucester Crossing
GloucesterMA 01930
(978) 283-841

 

SUDBURY

Sudbury Craft Beers
365 Boston Post Rd
SudburyMA 01930
(978) 261-5797

SWAMSCOTT

Vinnin Square Liquors
371 Paridise Rd
Swamscott, MA 01907
1-781-598-4110

Craft Beer Cellar (Coming Soon)

READING

Pamplemousse Kitchenware & Wines
26 Haven St.
Reading, MA 01907
1-781-872-1125

Liquor Junction
1 General Way
Reading, MA 01907
781-942-9463

STONEHAM
 

Redstone Liquors- Everything Craftbeer, Mead and Whiskey.  I mean EVERYTHING!
115 Main St.
Stoneham, Ma 02180
781-438-9265

BRAINTREE

Craft Beer Cellar - Braintree
28 Commercial Street
Braintree, MA 02184

WEYMOUTH

Curtis Liquors - great selection of meads!
486 Columbian Street
Weymouth, MA 02190
781-331-2345

Our meads are made with fresh, unprocessed raw honey, and using local fruits.  We want to support our region's economy, while making the best wine possible!  Prices range from 19.95 to 23.95 (in tasting room), depending on the amount of local produce, and the source of raw honey in the mead.

A special limited release mead will be made 4-5 times per year.

Our Current Lineup (April 2017):

Listed Dry to Sweet

Puritan Pride:                   ABV 14.7%

Just like the puritans of old, nothing fancy here! Local wildflower honey is fermented with a specially chosen yeast to produce a mead of wonderfully balanced flavors and the highest quality and quaff-ability!  Made with dark fall honey, this mead is fermented dry and aged on American Oak.  We keep it local here, and this is made with Ipswich's own honey!

If you really want to be a Viking, this is a good start...

 

 

 devilsfp2Devil's Footprint -                       ABV 14.1%

A devily delightful sipping mead.  Blueberries, raspberry and blackberries locally sourced from Cider Hill Farm (Amesbury) and Nourse Farms (Deerfield) were fermented with raw local honey to make this dry, tart mead.  And a great local historic story to go along with the name!

 

 

 

 

Choate Bridge Cyser:              ABV 13.7%

Made in honor of my great Uncle John Choate, who was the supervisor during the construction of the first double arched stone bridge in America.  The bridge was completed in 1764.  Ipswich celebrated the 250th anniversary of the bridge in 2015.

This is a "Cyser" (mead and apples), made with fresh pressed, Massachusetts grown apples.  Get a blast of apple flavor and touch of fall with this mead, one of our lighter elixirs.  Perfect for a hot summer day, or a lighter winter wine.  This is one of our dryer meads.  Think a combination of a hard cider and a mead!

 

Strhuberry: Out now!!

A strawberry rhubarb mead.  Fresh local strawberries, and rhubarb from local gardens.  Need I say more? A bit tart, a bit sweet, and a definate fan favorite.  Think Grandma's pie, but not too sweet.

 

 

 

Citrus Breeze:                         ABV 13.1%

Basil lovers unite! Honey and fresh naval oranges are combined with local sweet and lemon basil.  Sit on the deck, lean back and enjoy! Or have with a pasta dish, pizza, or some Thai food!  Yummy! You have to try this one to appreciated it.

Last summer, a popular drink was adding a dash of gin, and a slice of orange for a superb coctail.  Use your imagination!

 

 

BeewitchedLabelSmBeewitched:                       ABV 12.7%

We had been selling a dry and a sweet traditional mead since we opened.  A traditional, or "show" mead is a mead that is just fermented honey. You "show" off the characteristics of the honey.  We thought we needed a middle sweetness mead between our other two.  So we came up with Beewitched!  A Semi-sweet clover honey mead.  Made with fresh, raw Maine clover honey.  You got it- the ingredients are honey, water and yeast!!  If dry or sweet is not your thing, give this a try!  Plus, there is a great story to go with it!

 

RaspBottleSmallRaspberry Delight:                      ABV 15.0%

Plump local Raspberries combined with fresh summer honey.  Oh my gosh this smells good right out of the fermenter! This mead has been described as "Dangerously Delicious"!  It exactly what you would expect from a mead made with fresh local honey and raspberries from a local family owned farm!

 

 

VVFrontLabelViking Victory                     ABV 15.5%

A spiced mead (metheglin) made with bamboo honey.  Perfect for sipping while sitting in front of the fireplace!  Mulled with Nutmeg, Allspice, Cinnamon and Cloves. Get ready to go pillaging!

This mead flys off the shelf.  A good go to if you want a traditional style of mead that has been around for centuries! Because you always wanted to be a Viking...

 

Strawberry Fields:                       ABV 14.7%

Mounds of beautiful, locally grown, red fragrant berries make this mead one of our stand outs. On the tongue, the berry flavor explodes and gives the imbiber thoughts strawberry festivals and early summer.  We have added a hint of cinnamon that lingers on your palate.  This mead is a semi-sweet wine, that has been sweetened with honey to balance the tartness of the berries.

 

 

Orange Elation                           ABV 13.3%

We went out of the area for the orange blossom honey in this straight up mead, but we think you'll agree, this mead is a staple of any wine cellar! Too bad we don't grow orange trees here in New England!  If you have never tried mead, start here!  This is the sweetest of all of our meads, and one of our best sellers.

 

 

COMING SOON:

tempFriar Lukes: -This Month!!

High Octane sipping mead, made with Goldenrod honey and Cardamon spice.

 

 

 

Jason's Blunder: -May!!

A mistake gone good.  An accidental combining of our craneberry and strawberry meads, with the raspberry added as a balancer, the mead drinker is introduced to sweet red berry delight..

 

 

front23Sep16Craneberry Mead:- SOLD OUT
Yummy in the Tummy!  Local cranberries from Carver MA and local honey are used to make this seasonally appropriate mead.  Somewhat tart, somewhat sweet, but definitely delicious.  This mead has been aged for over a year! Small batch only for the fall season.

 

 

In The Orchard:- SOLD OUT

A sweeter apple mead (sweeter than our other cyser)  made with local cider, local honey, and aged with Indonesian cinnamon. This a must after a day apple picking in New England! Yum!

 

 

 

Blueberry Dream:- SOLD OUT

Blueberries, from Cider Hill Farms in Amesbury, have been fermented with raw Massachusetts honey.  This year we also added some low bush blueberries from Maine to increase the blueberry color and flavor.  This is one of our favorite products-  always jumping with flavor, this provides thoughts of a late summer rest in a hammock.  We strive to capure the true blueberry flavor, with careful crafting. This a dryer mead with a hint of sweetness.

 

 

 

Lightkeeper - SOLD OUT

Local blueberries are fermented with local honey and then we carefully add fresh pressed lemon juice to get a great balance of tart and sweet. 

 

Serendipity - SOLD OUT

Ginger Pear Mead with a great story.  A new batch expected MAY