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Kinsale Mead Co.
KinsaleCo. Cork
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Spend an hour on an entertaining, fun experience learning all about Mead, the drink of Celtic Ireland’s Kings & Chieftains. You’ll learn about the history of mead, follow the process from honey to bottle and taste a selection of Kinsale Mead Co’s award winning meads.

Visit Kinsale Mead Co., a lively meadery in the heart of Kinsale town. Spend an hour here and take an entertaining tour while simultaneously learning about this tasty treat.

Kinsale Mead Co. is located in the historic and food-loving haven of the picturesque coastal town of Kinsale on the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale Mead is Ireland’s first meadery in almost 200 years. Using a blend of ancient recipes and modern techniques, Kate and Denis Dempsey have resurrected a love of Mead through their sustainably made, award-winning meads created at their family run meadery. Each batch is lovingly handcrafted with care and passion using the best local and natural ingredients. Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019.

Highlights of a tour at Kinsale Mead Co. include insights into Kinsale Meads, light and refreshing, fermented off dry. Hear Myths and Legends, stories of ancient legends and the colourful history of mead in Ireland. Bee Judgments, how Ireland’s Bee Laws protected the bees, taste three unique raw honeys. Explore the process of modern mead making from fermentation through to maturation and bottling. Sample award winning meads and cocktails in the Meadery’s oak bar tasting room.

Why we like it
  • Enjoy an informative tour of the top-class meadery.
  • See what goes into making mead from bee to bottle.
  • Learn how to pair mead with different foods.
  • Taste award-winning, delicious mead.
Tips from locals

Keep an eye out for the beautiful bar in the tasting room which is made from a 300-year-old ancient oak tree that fell in Fota Island.

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