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
Build your own burger at Michael Timothy's — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Michael Timothy's serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Michael Timothy's is a BYOB restaurant in a prime location.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Michael Timothy's offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Wifi here is on the house.
Enjoy live music with your food and drinks at Michael Timothy's as well.
You may want to reserve your table for a weeknight visit since the crowds can be more intense during that part of the week.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Michael Timothy's, where business casual attire is standard.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Michael Timothy's is located near plenty of street and garage parking options.
Michael Timothy's provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Michael Timothy's will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
At Michael Timothy's, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Michael Timothy's.
So head on over to the highly-rated Michael Timothy's for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
At Djinn Spirits (the "d" is silent), visitors will find low-volume runs of gin and whiskey. Beat 3 white whiskey is an homage to the owners' Southern heritage and the moonshine produced in the dry counties of Mississippi. Beat 3 reserve whiskey, on the other hand, is aged in charred American white oak barrels for a smooth and spicy taste. When it comes to gin, each batch is flavored with botanicals for a distinctive taste that won a Best of New Hampshire award in 2014.
Cocktail enthusiasts will be happy to know that Prp Wine International has affordable and tasty liquor and spirit options.
With an eye for convenience, Prp Wine International is located centrally to available parking.
Grab a seat and dig in! Belly Wine Bar in Cambridge offers tasty eats everyone will enjoy.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Belly Wine Bar's seasonally available outdoor seating.
During the restaurant's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick).
Driving is all about convenience, and we get that. With spaces available, we'll help speed up your night.
For those who travel by bike, Belly Wine Bar offers bike racks for diners.
Grab a seat and dig in! Harvard Wine Co. in Cambridge offers tasty eats everyone will enjoy.
Harvard Wine Co.'s patrons can find places to park in the area.
Heading to Harvard Wine Co.? Hop aboard one of the many nearby transit options, including Porter Square (Fitchburg/South Acton) and Porter Square Station (Red).
The average check at Harvard Wine Co. will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.