o Mead | House Bear Brewing | Newburyport, MA

Gold medal winning House Bear Brewing makes mead and your future favorite brew!


Mead, if you are not familiar with it, is a beverage made by fermenting the sugars in honey.

How is it different from Beer or wine or cider?

Beer is made by fermenting the sugars in grains; wine is made by fermenting the sugars in grapes. Cider is made by fermenting the sugars in apple juice.

...So...Is it like beer or is it like wine?

It hurts Cider's feelings every time somone asks that. Why limit yourselves to these two (or three) options?

There is a world of beverages out there. We are often inspired by lemonades, iced teas, shakes, raspberry-lime rickeys and others.

Is it really sweet?

It can be but it doesn't have to be. Mead, the oldest fermented beverage, can be flat to bubbly, dry to sweet.

We try to find a balance between crisp and lightly sweet, so that you enjoy the nuances of the flavors in each beverage!

House Bear Brewing:

We explore interesting flavors wherever we find them, in our gardens, in our kitchens and in our brewery. Our meads have been described as "light and refreshing", "like nothing I have ever had", and having a "purity of flavor". That's because we are passionate about what we do and we do it with love.

We are whimsical people at heart with a wide palette for fantastic flavors so you can expect that our brews will have unusual flavor combinations, off-beat names, and labels that resemble the things we hold dear like monster or b-movie posters, or comics.

Where do you get your ingredients?

As homebrewers our emphasis was on the taste of the meads we brewed. When we decided to take our brewing to the next level we began to think about our long term vision and the sourcing of our ingredients.

We get our honey from responsible apiaries. Most of our honey comes from an apiary in Billerica, Massachusetts but some of it comes from an apiary in Ipswich, Massachusetts and a few specialty varietals come from Mount Airy, Maryland.

We also carefully source our other ingredients (locally whenever we can).
We look forward to creating your future favorite brew. We love what we do. We love what we brew. We hope you will too!

Thank You!

No one succeeds alone. We are tremendously grateful for the help, advice, and guidance we have received along the way, from brewers to business mentors, to professors, to those who enjoy our mead and those who would like to.