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!

Third Anniversary Celebration - May 12

It’s Our BIRTHDAY!

No longer toddlers! Onto the BIG 0-3!

May 12th noon til 6pm.

Join Us in the Celebration!

All day –

  • Pollinators! See bees up close and more!
  • Varietal honey tastings – taste the difference for yourself!
  • Mead Flight Tastings and Tours as needed.
  • NEW MEAD ROLL OUT: Peaches Point (peach / vanilla mead!)!

12 til 3 pm

  • Saintly Cider pop up! Come meet the Saintly Cider crew and sip their wonderful hard cider. Yum!
  • Quinn’s Canine Café pop up shop– come give your poochie a real treat! Honey Hydrant biscuits for sale! Dogs always welcome!

1 til 3:

  • Viking Victory Ice Cream sampling (made by Essex’s own Down River!)
  • Gordon Harris, Ipswich Town Historian will join us to answer questions and share some Ipswich favorite legends after which many of our meads are named!

3 til 5pm

  • Erica Yeomans, Mead Cocktail goddess demonstrations and sampling easy mead cocktails! She’s the Bees Knees!