This Rural Beekeeping & Craft Honey Beer Tasting, is split into one hour beekeeping and one hour of honey beer & honey tasting, which is very sensorial. You'll try the beer, food and the honeys used in the brewing process and some of the beer ingredients. The new rural Hiver beer experience, Hiver at Albourne Estate. A hands-on 2 hour beekeeping and beer tasting experience, set on a stunning British vineyard in Sussex.
The session starts with a short introduction to Bees and Beekeeping, tools commonly used by Beekeepers and first glimpse inside the hive. You will then get ready to inspect one of the Hiver’s hives, that overlooks the South Downs and vineyard, along with 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 beers and food matching session before exploring the vineyard, maybe go for a wine tasting on-site or a gastronomic meal at the nearby Ginger Fox.
Beekeeping in Sussex: a unique opportunity to get hands on beekeeping experience, perfect introduction to any budding beekeeper or anyone with a fascination for bees.
Beer contains gluten so the tasting is not suitable for coeliac
- One hour beekeeping
- One hour beer & honey tasting
- Tutored honey beers and food matching session
- Try 3 different beers: an Ale and a Lager and IPA
- Hands-on experience for two
- Refreshments provided
Beekeeping in Sussex: 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 3 different beers: a Lager, an IPA and an Ale. Food matching: most beer tasting do not offer food pairing and it is usually reserved to wine tastings. Hiver has selected their food matching to highlight that beers can be successfully paired with food. Hiver Beers tasting is focused on enhancing a sensorial experience: you'll try the beer, the food, the honeys used in the brewing process and some of the beer ingredients. The Albourne Estate, our hosting venue, is a stunning location in the South Downs, guaranteeing picturesque views. 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 we source for Hiver honey beer are as varied and unique as the malted barley and hops that were picked during the recipe development stage.
- Pre booking required - 1 month in advance
- Must be 18 years +
- The Albourne Estate is accessible to people with disability but not the hives.
- Selected Saturdays, May until mid September
- Sessions are in groups of 12
- Please wear socks, covered shoes & few layers that you can take off as you get into your suits!
- In the case of really wet, cold or extreme weather, you'll focus on working with the beekeeping tools to build frames
- Working with the byproducts of the hive