This introduction to beekeeping and Craft Beer Tasting in London, starts with a short introduction to Bees and Beekeeping in the city of London, the equipment and tools commonly used by Beekeepers as well as a first glimpse inside the hive. You'll get ready for a Hive inspection and the chance to help Hiver's Beekeeper, in handling the frames and checking the health of the Hive.
After the fun of getting up close and personal with the 'Ladies', you'll relax over a tutored honey beer and food matching tasting session. The experience location is only 10 minutes walk from Kennington Tube station. There's a small shop on site for honey, beeswax candles and more. Groups are of no more than twelve people per session. This site is suitable for disabled access to their premises but not to the hives. Wear sensible flat shoes and bring socks. Feet should be fully covered.
Beer contains gluten so the tasting is not suitable for coeliac
What's Included in two hour experience:
- Beekeeping suit (including face protection) along with gloves on the day
- Beekeeping & hive inspection
- Tutored honey beers tasting and food matching session
- Taste the honeys and some of the ingredients used in the brewing process.
- Refreshments provided
Hiver was born out of an admiration for London's urban beekeepers and a passion for craft beer. After the successful launch of our honey blonde beer, it's time for you to try the new honey brown ale. Hiver use only British ingredients and suppliers and ferment with raw honeys to produce our range, which offers a great interpretation of this fantastic beer style. Honey and beer, what's not to love. Beekeeping in London: a unique opportunity to get hands on beekeeping experience. Perfect introduction to any budding beekeeper or anyone with a fascination for the bees. Honey Beer remains a lesser known style of beer, participants will get to try 2 different beers: an ale and a lager. Food matching: most beer tasting do not offer food pairing and it is usually reserved to wine tastings. The tasting is very sensorial: you'll try the beer, the food, the honeys used in the brewing process and some of the beer ingredients Hiver Beers tasting is very sensorial: you'll try the beer, the food, the honeys used in the brewing process and some of the beer ingredients. Some fun facts about bees and honey: Honey is the only food containing all the substances necessary to sustain life - enzymes, vitamins, minerals and water. Honey is the main food for adult bees, whilst larvae will be fed “bee bread”, a mixture of pollen and enzymes that they produce, as well as various amount of royal jelly, depending on their gender. Hiver sources raw honey from independent British beekeepers. Beekeepers say that good quality honey should not be pasteurised, the same way that brewers talk about good quality beer. The fact that bees forage in a three mile radius to the hive, means that the three honeys sourced for Hiver honey beer are as varied and unique as the malted barley and hops that were picked during the recipe development stage. Please note;
- ONE WEEK Cancellation notice, due popularity of the experience, sessions tend to sell out. Hiver can not guarantee that you will be able to rebook for your first choice of date.
- Two week notice required for booking
- Wear sensible flat shoes and bring socks. Feet should be fully covered.
- Must be 18 years +
- Not recommended if allergic to bee stings
- Most weekends from mid-April until mid-September
- Sessions are in groups of 12
- ONE WEEK Cancellation notice & Hiver can not guarantee you will be able to rebook for your next date.
- In the case of really wet, cold or extreme weather, you'll focus on working with the beekeeping tools to build frames and working with the byproducts of the hive