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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 Deb back in Massachusetts with infant twin girls just over a year old. He on vacation, Deb in baby work world. So, he, being the thoughtful husband, brought back for Deb a ceramic bottle of "Viking Mead." "Viking Mead??"  She scratched her head. Very romantic (??). Never heard of mead. He (being testosterone laden) thought it looked cool. Deb (being full of estrogen) thought it a waste of money (She would have loved a lovely old vine zin at that point being by herself 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 several months...

"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 Deb 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.

We had always been beer brewers - started that in grad 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 many 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!

Grand Opening Is Here!

Grand Opening Weekend Update:

We are tidying up the production area and the tasting room, getting ready to greet our opening weekend visitors! We have said hello to many this week who saw Sir Meadalot guarding our door and popped their heads in to say "Hi." We are hoping for good weather so we can spread out our special guests. If someone has an in with the weather forecaster, give them a call, will ya?

Here is what you can expect when you come by:

Friday, April 24th

Open 2 - 7 pm

Tours and Tastings until 7 pm

Saturday, April 25th

Open 1 - 7 pm

**Tours and Tastings begin at 1:30 and conclude at 7 pm

1 pm:

Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony

1 pm - 3 pm:

Music by Orville Giddings (maybe later if we encourage him!)

Tomten Beeworks, one of our local honey suppliers, on hand to discuss their 300 hives and selling Ipswich honey and goods

3 pm:

Maggie Collins, Bee Educator, Essex County Beekeepers Association: discusses how to care for a bee hive - suits, smokers, and microscopes!

The Mazer will be on hand all day to answer your questions about mead making!

Sunday, April 26th

Open 12 - 5 pm

**Tours and Tastings begin at noon and conclude at 5 pm

12 pm:

Marshview Apiary, another of our local honey supplier, on hand to discuss what it takes to be an apiarist, also selling local Ipswich honey and bee wax goods.

2 pm - 4 pm:

Music by the Knotty Celtics, folk duo!

3 pm:

Maggie Collins, Bee Educator, Essex County Beekeepers Association: discusses how to care for a bee hive - suits, smokers, and microscopes!

The Mazer will be on hand all day to answer your questions about mead making!

We look forward to meeting you all!

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