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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!

We have built it. Will you come?

April is here!!  The snow has melted enough to reveal peeks of grass turning green in the warm sun and we can see daffodils and tulips poking up as a wonderful sign of spring. Spring is renewal - a new beginning. A new small business - an exciting start for those of us at the core of the 1634 Meadery.

In many ways it seems like forever since we sat in Dan's idling truck gazing at the rental property at 3 Short Street that would become the 1634 Meadery. So much time was spent WAITING for licensing, label approval, formula okays from the government and more. And now, barely 2 weeks until opening weekend (April 24 - 26th!!!), it now seems like a whirlwind, a fast and exhilarating roller coaster ride.

The tasting room work was fast and furious but the result, we think, is warm and inviting - it is something you must see. The bottling went very smoothly and we have conquered the label machine once and for all (forgive us if your label is slightly off center... it kind of reflects our personalities!). We are polishing the place up and will be ready for our first guests Friday, April 24 at 2 pm! Come by and learn about bees, honey, fermentation, mead, mead history and our production. Then, stay for a tasting!

Hope to see you there!

Here is the tentative schedule of events for our opening weekend!

(times subject to change - see our website for up to the minute changes)

Friday, April 24 (open 2-7):

          2 pm - grand opening (close at 7 pm)

          Tours and Tasting til 7 pm

Saturday, April 25 (open 1-7):

          1 pm Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony

          1:15 Music by homegrown Orville Giddings

          1:30 Tours and Tastings begin! All day!

          3:00   Keeping Bees - Q and A with Maggie Collins - one of the youngest members of the Essex County Bee Keepers Association

          TBA: Meet the Apiarist! Q & A with one of our honey suppliers and buy some local honey!

Sunday, April 26 (open 12-5):

          12 pm Tours and Tastings! All day!

          2:00 - 4 pm Music by Knotty Celtics

          3:00  Keeping Bees - Maggie Collins - one of the youngest members of the Essex County Bee Keepers Association

          TBA: Meet the Marshview Apiaries beekeeper!  Q & A with one of our honey suppliers from Ipswich!