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Kinsale Mead Co.

Kinsale Mead Co.

Surprisingly light, Kinsale Mead is as unexpectedly refreshing as it is deliciously different. Come with us on a journey of discovery and excite the senses as you learn about this versatile drink.

Our Story

Kinsale Mead Co is family run business, founded by us, Kate & Denis Dempsey in 2016 to rediscover the art of mead making. We produce a range of multi award-winning, world-class meads in our state-of-the-art meadery on the Atlantic coast in County Cork at the start of the stunning Wild Atlantic Way.

What do people love about our mead?


  • The delicious taste: the mix of honey and natural fruit flavours;

  • the light 12% alcohol

  • the refreshing finish being off dry rather than sweet; with low tannins and naturally gluten free making them a lovely, smooth alternative to wine.

  • The versatility of mead, served on their own or over ice; topped up with sparkling water, prosecco or other mixers for a spritzer or longer drink; seasonal, inventive cocktails and mulled drinks.

  • Pleasantly surprised how well mead works when paired with food such as tapas or platters of snacks at virtual tasting events as well as used in cooking.

  • The backstory of mead and honey: the long and vibrant history and rich heritage

  • made in first meadery in Ireland in 200 years

  • supporting a local small business

  • the ancient drink that’s new and refreshingly different and part of an upcoming drinks trend

  • the sustainability credentials and the connection to the honeybees and the environment.

  • Drink of the Year from the Irish Food Writers’ Guild.

Our Values

  • Independent Company

    Independent Company

  • Slow Food Supporter

    Slow Food Supporter

  • Support for Small Producers

    Support for Small Producers

  • Family-run Business

    Family-run Business

  • Small Producer

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