Northshore Magazine

May / June 2015

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201 The success was immediate and overwhelming. "In two months we outgrew my garage," he says. These days, Moonlight Meadery's Londonderry tasting room is a fun destination for those who want to tour the meadery and sample a variety of mead types, ranging from sweet to dry, fruity to spicy. Back in Ipswich, Dan and Deb Clapp spent the winter readying their own cozy tasting room, which will be adorned with reclaimed wooden beams and a decorative barn door from an 1815-era barn in Maine, handmade wine bottle pen- dant lights, and a small, curving bar where visitors can sample meads. Dan, who is an ocean engineer and history buff, and Deb, a science teacher at Hamilton-Wenham Re- gional High School, are also eager to teach visitors about the long history and science of mead and mead-making. Even the meadery's name is a historic nod to Ipswich's 1634 incorporation. CONTACT 1634 Meadery 3 Short St. Ipswich 508-517-4058 Moonlight Meadery 23 Londonderry Rd. Unit 17 Londonderry, NH 603-216-2162 moonlight "IT WAS A FLAVOR LIKE NONE OTHER THAT I HAD HAD BEFORE. IT HAS ALL THE RICHNESS OF HONEY…IT'S SO VERSATILE, IT'S UNLIKE ANY OTHER FERMENTED BEVERAGE THAT'S IN THE MARKETPLACE." —Michael Fairbrother, Moonlight Meadery's founder and mead maker And despite plans to, as Deb says, "stay on the nano-side" in terms of mead production and dis- tribution at restaurants and farm- ers' markets, the couple hopes to expand in other ways, by possibly adding elements like a live beehive outside the tasting room and educa- tion about honeybees. "Our motto is: Start small, dream big," Deb says. But Dan cuts in: "I thought our motto was: Because you always wanted to be a Viking." A selection of Moonlight Meadery's Mead Product shots courtesy of Moonlight Meadery

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