Choose from Three Options
- $8 for a guided meadery tour for two with souvenir glasses ($18 value)
- $15 for a guided meadery tour for four with souvenir glasses ($36 value)
- $20 for a guided meadery tour for six with souvenir glasses ($54 value)
Tours are available 2 p.m.–7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 1 p.m.–7 p.m. on Saturdays, 12 p.m.–5 p.m. on Sundays, and by appointment.
On a trip to Denmark to reconnect with his family roots, Dan Clapp brought home an unconventional souvenir for his wife, Deb: a ceramic bottle filled with the blend of fermented honey and water known as mead. Three years later, they finally tasted it. Once the longtime home brewers realized that Denmark wasn't the only place with bees, the founding of 1634 Meadery wasn't far behind.
Using honey almost always sourced from Massachusetts and New England apiaries, as well as local fruits, the artisans craft meads intended to showcase the tastes and scents of the region. When they're not hosting tastings in the storefront bar, the staff eagerly takes visitors back to the production room to witness the mead-making process firsthand.
Because 1634 Meadery is a small-batch operation, its selection may vary at any time. But here are just a few of the varieties you might find on its own shelves and those of area markets and wine shops:
- Choate Bridge Cyser: a type of dry mead made with honey and fresh-pressed Massachusetts apples; named for the first double-arched bridge in America—an important Ipswich landmark
- Strawberry Fields: a semi-sweet mead that blends the flavors of honey, local strawberries, and cinnamon
- Puritan Pride: a traditional mead made with autumn wildflower honey and aged with American oak