By Amanda Ostuni Staff Writer
The Salem news
IPSWICH, MA —There’s a new business in town, and it’s expanding people’s drink tastes by introducing them to mead, an alcoholic beverage made of fermented honey and water.
The business is 1634 Meadery, located at 3 Short St.
Owner Dan Clapp was inspired to create a meadery after tasting mead for the first time sometime in 2008.
“I was a home brewer for 25 years and an engineer,” said Clapp. “Between those two things, I wanted to know more about mead and how to make it.”
“Each year it got better and bigger and I started giving it away to friends and family,” Clapp said. “I got enough positive feedback that I thought maybe I could do this as a business.”
Women became his testing board, as he found that they were more sensitive than men to the fermentation smells and other details. Once his wife Deb approved of his mead, he felt more confident he could go commercial. Some people were supportive of the business venture, but others were skeptical.
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