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 a year...

"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.

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 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.  Ask about our Clan Mead Membership for discounted mead prices.

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

 

New batches of Mother Clucker, Blueberry Dreams and Puritan Pride have recently been released.  Also check for new batches of Mooncusser and Viking Victory to return soon!

Our Current Lineup (July 2019):

Listed Dry to Sweet

1634Meadery PuritanPride 23Feb2015 front

Puritan Pride:                         NEW BATCH NOW!                 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.

DevilsFootprint Front 6Apr16 Devil's Footprint:                                                        ABV 13.1%

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!

MotherCluckerFront13Feb18 Mother Clucker:                NEW BATCH                                        ABV 13.1%
This tart mead, made with locally sourced gooseberries and red currants, will tingle your pallet!  Gooseberries, which are wildly popular all over Europe and are famed for making delicious desserts, and red currents are combined for a berry forward, fantastic mead!
Beewitched front 27Sep16 Beewitched:                                                             ABV 12.5%

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!

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In The Orchard:                                            ABV 12.5%

A semi-sweet 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!

 WickedWenchFront6Jul17  Wicked Wench:                                                         ABV 13.7%

Semi-sweet traditional mead made with northshore MA wildflower honey. It does not get more local, or better, than this!  A good middle of road sweetness, with earthy characteristics of the local fall honey.
 

 BlueberryFront17Mar15 Blueberry Dream:                                                                   ABV 14.3%

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 capture the true blueberry flavor, with careful crafting. This a dryer mead with a hint of sweetness.

 StrawberryFront12Mar15

 Strawberry Fields:                                                       ABV 13.7%

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.

 Stinger Front 31Mar19  

 Stinger:                      ** NEW MEAD  **                                 ABV 13.0%

Clover honey mead is aged with locally grown ginger (Red Fire Farm) and organic lemons. A perfect summer deck treat! Try with gin for a “healthy” gimlet cocktail!  

 RaspberryFront5Apr16 Raspberry 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!

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Orange Elation:                                                         ABV 13.7%
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.

OTHER MEADS

These are meads we have made in the past, and will likely make in the near future!

CBCFRONT 27Mar15 Choate Bridge Cyser:                                                                      ABV 13.7%

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!

SerendipityFront 8Mar16 Serendipity:                                                                    ABV 13.0% Ginger Pear Mead with a great story. Made with local honey, "Clapp's Favorite" pear, and locally sourced ginger (yes they grow that here!).  This is on the dryer side for our meads, good with dinner.  Think Asian food!
OrangeBasil 3Sep15 FRONT

Citrus Breeze:     SOLD OUT                     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 cocktail.  Use your imagination!

JasonsBlunder24Mar17 Jason's Blunder:     SOLD OUT   ABV 14.3%

A mistake gone good.  An accidental combining of our cranberry and strawberry meads, with the raspberry added as a balancer, the mead drinker is introduced to sweet red berry delight!  A terrible mistake that has gone good.  We made Jason write the label, so you will have to read it to get his full story!

FriarLukesFrontFinal Friar Luke's:                                                                   ABV 18.0%

Only two barrels of this special mead has been made.  Goldenrod honey mead aged for 18 months with both black and white cardamon spice.   Made in style more similar to the first mead Dan ever had, from Denmark, this is an after dinner sipping mead to enjoy with friends!


 

VVFrontLabel Viking 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...

Craneberry front23Sep16 Craneberry Mead:      Tasting room only!                                 ABV 15.0%
Yummy in the tummy!  This sweet and tart combination is released during the holidays once per year.  A delicious mead for sharing with friends and family.  Fans look forward to this small batch release each year!

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Strhuberry:        SOLD OUT                        ABV 13.3%

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

 MooncusserFront1Mar18


Mooncusser:     SOLD OUT                                                    ABV 13.7%


Semi-sweet mead made with orange blossom honey, and then aged with fresh Jalepeno peppers, making a sweet hot combination.  This has quickly turned into a fan favorite when paired with nachos, tacos or a spicey dish. We were surprised at the percentage of people who wanted to try our test batch in our tasting room - and they were not disappointed!

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