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!

 

Our meadery will be joining the crowds of people in Massachusetts that help support local agriculture, crafts and libations by attending local farmers markets.

This year we have expanded to several Boston area markets:

Email or call to see if we are attending on a specific week.

Newburyport Farmers Market - Every other Sunday 9-1 PM (but we can only start selling wine at 10!)
The Tannery
50 Waters St.
Newburyport, MA

SoWa - "South of Washington" Farmers Maket, South Boston - Every other Sunday (Alternating with Newburyport)
500 Harrison Ave -
Boston, MA

Cape Ann Farmers Market - Starts June 1, every other Thursday 3 till 6:30 PM
Stage Fort Park
Gloucestor, MA

Salem Farmers Market - Starts June 8, every other Thursday 3 till 7:00 PM
32 Derby St.
Salem, MA

Union Square Farmers Market - Every other Saturday, Until November! 9-1 PM
Union Square
Somerville, MA

Wayland Farmers Market- Once per month July 19, August, Sept, Wednesday 12-5
397 Boston Post Rd
Wayland, MA 01778


Kendell Center Farmers Market, Every other Wednesday 11:00 - 6:00 PM
Kendell Center
Cambridge, MA

Danvers Farmers Market, Occasional Wednesdays, 3-6 PM
Town Hall
Danvers, MA

Union Square Farmers Market - Every other Saturday, Until November! 9-1 PM
Union Square
Somerville, MA

Haverhill Farmers Market, Alternating Sundays starting June 24th 9-1 PM
40 Bailey Blvd
Haverhill, MA 01830

 

The fleet has sailed!!   Mazer Dan's favorite mead right now- we have finally released our Viking Victory Mead!

The Viking Victory (or as we like to call it "V squared") is a spiced, dark and rich local "bamboo" honey mead.  What Dan envisioned

when making this mead was sitting around a campfire, drinking it up and planning raids.  We think he got this one right!!

A rich, semi-sweet, after dinner sipping mead, the knotweed honey comes through fully after a pleasant warm

combination of mulling spices, featuring Nutmeg, Allspice, Cinnamon and Cloves.  Watch it though!  The ABV on this is

slightly higher than our previous meads, coming in at around 15.5%.  Drink only enough to want to go pillaging!

 

Grab a bottle and get on you raiding vessel!!

 

 

 

 HOLY COW!! 

It is our 6 month anniversary!

Can you believe it has been six months since we opened?  We can't! It has been so busy the time has gone by in a blink!   In celebration we are putting together some extra activities at the Meadery on Saturday 10/24 for some fun:

*  The Bees Knees and Other Parts - from 1 - 2:30

            Workers, drones, and more - bees under the microscope! Learn from a REAL teacher!

Honey tastings -  from 3 - 4:30

            taste the difference between clover, goldenrod, orange blossom, bamboo, and blueberry honey.

 

*  MUSIC!! Singing Sasquatch of the East (okay, Gloucester) from 2 - 5

            Hear him sing sea shanties and more! 

Mead Tastings all day!

            best 5 bucks you can spend in Ipswich!  Get a preview of the STRUBERRY (strawberry/rhubarb).

*  Mead Production Room Tours - FREE and all day!

FREE FACE PAINTING for the kiddies! (or weird adults)... all day!

            If it is FREE, it's for me!

 

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Combining with a small shop in Maine, we have come up with the perfect gift for he or she!  We have gift crates available for purchase in either a single or double variety!
Single pack comes with any mead of your choice, a tasting glass, and the pine wood gift crate!  The double comes with two meads, two tasting glasses and a double wood crate.
Come on down to the meadery and make you holiday shopping a bit easier.  You can try some of our new meads while you are here!

We have several crates already wrapped with various mead selections.  But call ahead if you want to make sure we have a wrapped crate with the mead you choose!

 

My kind of shopping!

 

The 1634 Meadery will be hosting the artwork of David "Stoney" Stone the weekend of August 21-23.  His photos and artwork will be hanging around the tasting room and production area for viewers to see, all while sipping mead!

Stoney's art consists of many sea and coastal themes, including marsh and beach views, docks and boats.  His creative genius shows in his retouched photos, as several look like paintings.  He has both large and small prints available for sale and viewing.   You can tour the production area, see his works, and then get educated on how mead is made!

The meadery plans to host several of these types of events each year, with this being the first.  We like to support our local artists by giving them space to display their wares.  And of course, this helps us as well!  Mead is available to purchase and taste by the glass or flight.

If you are a local northshore artist, and would like to potentially use our space for a display opportunity, come on down to the meadery and let us know!