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Hiver drink their beer save honey bees

Everyone knows that without bees we’d all be in a very difficult place environmentally, and that is one of the reason Hiver has made it their cause from the beginning to help British beekeepers by sponsoring and using their honey within their beer.

For instance if you look at any plate of food we eat, bees have most likely played a big part in either pollinating the many vegetables and fruits we eat directly or pollinating the food for the animals that we then consume. Plus that’s not all bees do for us, as honey and wax are two other important products that come courtesy of bees.

As a lover of bees, honey and beer Hiver is the perfect beer to have. Plus the beauty about Hiver is that all their beer uses honey which they source from three select Bee Keeping farms here within the British Isles.

Thanks to Hiver I was invited down on a press related invite to learn more about their beers as well as bees.

Hiver Urban Experience in Kennington

Discovering about bees and Hiver beer.

Bee Urban

Since 2015 Bee Urban has been looking after honey bees, growing herbs, fruit and vegetables. Their site is in Kennington Park, The Hive is situated behind the cafe and in front of St Agnes church in Kennington Park.

Bee Urban honey bees are a social enterprise that aims to work with communities to improve the environment for the benefit of us all. They focus on responsible urban beekeeping, horticulture and community growing.

The pond and garden area is a space to come and learn about beekeeping, organic gardening and sustainable living, whilst providing nectar and forage for the bees in our apiary. Their cob oven is regularly used for their home made pizza sessions.

Within the workshop educational classes take place from beekeeping demonstrations, gardening and training sessions. Plus there is a small shop within where you can purchase candle-making equipment, honey and so much more.

Hiver

Since 2013 Hiver has been brewing their honey beer with their first beer being their flagship natural blonde beer.

Hiver was born out of an admiration for London’s urban beekeepers and a passion for craft beer. Hannah Rhodes, was the one who was inspired to create a quality beer using honey, following the discovery of the vast array of honey produced in London. The number of bee hives in London has soared in recent years following news that global bee numbers were in rapid decline. Unpasteurised, more textured and flavourful honey is used in the brewing process, contributing to the taste and body of the beer. Since brewing Hiver has gone from strength to strength with listings at Ocado, Marks & Spencers, and a number of independent merchants and pubs.

All of Hiver beers use raw honey which is sourced from independent British beekeepers, in whom they sponsor and run fun experiences at as also helping spread the knowledge about the role of bees and bee keepers are equally as important to them. They also believe that supporting the beekeepers they work with is one of the best ways to support British bees and helps give us all the best insight in how we should help support bee populations by planting for bees. With every web order at Hiver you will receive a free seasonal flower pack of seeds too, to plant and help bees. Plus working towards B-Corp accreditation they pledge to donate 10% of profits to pollinator and green spacing projects.

Hiver uses honey as an integral part of their brewing process, helping to deliver crisp, light tasting beer with a subtle honey aroma and flavour. Hiver never pasteurise their beer either, which means you will always get the freshest, most natural beer in your glass.

Hiver also has gone the extra mile working with local suppliers, from the people that kiln their glass, produce their labels and stamp their business card keeping to a low carbon footprint.

No wonder Hiver has won a number of awards from Britain’s Next Top Supplier to being the only British medal winner at the World Beer Challenge (with two gold medals) in 2018, a recent European Beer Star Gold and an industry award for Corporate Social Responsibility gets Hiver into the Best of British Beers.

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Real Raw Honey pure goodness by bees

The world is plentiful with honey, but only the humble bee can produce it.

Honey is viscous food made by mother natures best loved insect the bee. For those who are unaware of honey it is sugary secretions of plants (nectar). Bees store the nectar in wax structures called honeycombs producing honey. There is a large variety of different types of honey which is produced by bees as it depends which plants they gather the nectar from and the environment they live. Honey can be collected from either wild bee colonies, or from hives by domesticated bees. Real Raw honey comes from nectar gathered by bees within the Rhodope mountains in southern Bulgaria.

Courtesy of Real Raw honey I was gifted a two of their different varieties of honey to sample at home.

Real Raw Honey

Real Raw Honey believe in the power and healing benefits of honey. Unprocessed, honey is one of the most powerful and beneficial foods that nature has given us. Raw honey is not only a food that tastes absolutely delicious, but can provide our bodies with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to strengthen our immune systems.

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MARLENKA honey cakes which are BEElicious

MARLENKA are sellers of layered cakes which all contain honey.

On a courtesy basis I was gifted a MARLENKA honey cake with walnuts to enjoy at home.

MARLENKA

Back in 1704 Armenian Georgius Deodatus Damascenus founded the first Czech coffee lounge in Prague, named The Golden Snake. Nearly three hundred years later, in 1995, the Armenian Gevorg Avetisyan came to the Czech Republic to settle there with his family. He discovered an old family recipe of the Honey Miracle, which was as a traditional Armenian family recipe of his favourite layered honey cake. Initially, the cakes were baked just for his friends, but later he has been able to offer them to the local coffee shops and confectioners where the honey delicacy quickly gained the great popularity. The fragrant, sweet and soft cake was named after his mother and daughter Marlenka.

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Carn’s Kulfi creamy delight

I love ice cream but surprisingly I have never had Kulfi’s before so when I was gifted an assorted box of Carn’s Kulfi I just had to try and wow I was surprised by the texture and taste. So creamy a real delight.

Carn’s Kulfi

Nasser Khan set up Carn’s Kulfi in 2002 and since then has been selling handmade Kulfi’s which are all made from using an old closely guarded family recipe which has been passed down from generation to generation.

What makes Kulfi’s different to ice cream though? The main difference between ice cream and Kulfi is the texture, and taste. Kulfi is creamier than ice cream as it is usually made by reducing the volume of full cream milk nearly one third to what was its original volume.

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Loxwood Meadworks Pure Mead Honey sweet as can be

Forget wine made from grapes indulge in a glass of Loxwood Meadworks Pure Mead which is made from 100% honey.

I was gifted a bottle of Loxwood Meadworks on a complimentary basis to tantalise my taste buds and for my honest opinion.

Loxwood MeadWorks

Danny the founder of Loxwood Meadworks sold Mead for The Loxwood Joust which is a medieval festival which he runs. During his festivals he noticed how much people loved it, and wondered why no one seems to drink Mead anymore?So with that he bought it back but in a modern way to sell.

Starting from scratch he experimented, tasted, and got designing to create a signature Pure Mead which you see today.

It’s fermented dry, and then back-sweetened with honey, to give the most natural flavour and a delicate sweetness.

Unlike other Mead’s you may have tried before, their Pure Mead is created using 100% honey, fermented dry, and then back-sweetened with honey, giving the most natural flavour and a delicate sweetness.

Sweet as can be

I can’t drink wine as of the fermented grapes used within wines, so when I heard about Loxwood Meadworks Pure Mead which is an alternative version but made out of 100% honey instead.

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BeeHype honey is un-BEE-lievable

Honey, honey how you thrill me, aha, honey, honey I just need all your BeeHype honey in my tummy.

I was gifted two jars of BeeHype unique raw honey to try at home and what a sweet sensation.

BeeHype

Stela and Mo two young entrepreneurs launched BeeHype back in July 2019. They both share a love for natural foods and healthy living learnt. At a young age they got to taste honey straight from the hive which they loved. However nowadays it’s becoming harder and harder to find high quality natural foods and that’s what inspired them to set up BeeHype.

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