Hiver – Honey Beer


Honey and Beer have a long history together, back to the times of Ancient Egyptian.

Mead, a beer-type drink made with honey, has strong British roots too. Why not? Honey is fermentable and we like to drive booze. It’s also very tasty.

You don’t get much in the way of mead nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that the wonderful marriage of honey and beer has ceased. Far from it, as Hiver Beers are keen to demonstrate.

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 Hiver sources are as varied and unique as the malted barley and hops that were picked during the recipe development stage.

Hiver

Review

Hiver have a beer and a brown ale made with different honey which is intended to compliment the malt.

This beer is very much about the malt and the honey. Hiver beers are sweet with minimal hops to offset the honey. These are not hoppy, but rather vehicles to showcase the different honeys within.

Hiver

And honey is what you get! From the aroma, through to the mouth feel, the taste and the aftertaste. The sweet honey is up front and bold.

The beers are well made and presented beautifully. The brown ale tasted slightly spiced but still well rounded.

Hiver also provide The Hiver Experience for visitors to their brewery. In their words:

The session starts with a short introduction to Bees and Beekeeping in the city, the equipment and tools commonly used by Beekeepers as well as a first glimpse inside the hive. We’ll then get suited and booted ready for a Hive inspection and the chance to help Hiver’s Beekeeper, Barnaby Shaw in handling the frames and checking the health of the Hive. After the fun of getting up close and personal with the ‘Ladies’, we’ll relax over a tutored beer and food matching session before leaving you to explore the rest of Bee Urban and answer any questions.

I admire so much about Hiver. They put a lot of work into the materials that they source, and in making all of their ingredients come from the UK. They are passionate about their product and obviously have a lot of love for their little honey-making bee buddies. Plus, at the end of it all, beer!

94 Comments

  1. mick proctor
    10 October 2017
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    honey badger

  2. iain maciver
    10 October 2017
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    honey on toast

  3. john prendergast
    10 October 2017
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    honey and banana on toast

  4. claire croft
    10 October 2017
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    honey spoons to sweeten your tea are delicious

  5. Kevin Honey
    11 October 2017
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    My granddaughters

  6. Elizabeth
    11 October 2017
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    Hot toddy when I get the lurgy. Manuka honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, Jack Daniel’s and hot water. Some people drink Lemsip for colds, but I drink Lemmysip.

  7. Graham Ross
    11 October 2017
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    Devonshire honey cake

  8. christine szlobodnik
    11 October 2017
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    Honey bbq sauce 🙂

  9. amy Fidler
    11 October 2017
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    I love Honey nut cereals x

  10. aj
    11 October 2017
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    Pooh Bear (does that count?)

  11. sarah mcvicar
    11 October 2017
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    Honey nut cornflakes with chopped banana

  12. Julie T
    11 October 2017
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    Gammon steaks with a honey & mustard sauce

  13. Andrea Brunn
    11 October 2017
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    Im a sucker for mead.

  14. Annabel Greaves
    11 October 2017
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    I love honey on toast x

  15. Lorna Ledger
    11 October 2017
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    Honey Liqueur – there is a mead you can buy that is divine!

  16. fiona waterworth
    11 October 2017
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    honey glazed pork

  17. Keri Jones
    11 October 2017
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    I cant stand honey! Sorry! My husband on the other hand loves the stuff- on toast, in tea, in whiskey and I bet he would love these, especially the ale x

  18. Jessica Barber
    11 October 2017
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    Honey in Greek yoghurt!

  19. SHIRLEY EVANS
    11 October 2017
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    I love toast and honey

  20. Solange
    11 October 2017
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    Honey BBQ chicken.

  21. Sheena Batey
    12 October 2017
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    I love it on warm toast with lots of butter.

  22. Karen Hill
    12 October 2017
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    on cereal x

  23. Maria Blythin
    12 October 2017
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    blakava sorry cant spell it lol the greek honey cake love it x

  24. jo liddement
    13 October 2017
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    I love honey as a topping on my porridge.

  25. Judy kennedy
    13 October 2017
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    Honey on toast

  26. Lisa Parker
    13 October 2017
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    I love honey in my green tea x

  27. Suzanne
    13 October 2017
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    Love honey in porridge.

  28. stuart hargreaves
    13 October 2017
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    AFTER BEING KNOCKED DOWN BY A CAR SEVERAL YEARS AGO THEY USED MAKUKU HONEY FROM NZ TO HEAL THE DEEP FRICTION CUTS ON MY ANKLE

  29. Ren Taylor
    13 October 2017
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    Honey Jack Daniels with ice….yum!!

  30. Lorna Roberts
    13 October 2017
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    I love pure honey in honeycomb- there’s something so pure about it and it looks great too.

  31. Marc H
    13 October 2017
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    Honeycomb, love the stuff.

  32. debbie smith
    13 October 2017
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    i love honey on toast and also i love y honey hand cream fab giveaway thankyou x

  33. Matt Griffiths
    13 October 2017
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    Honey in whisky

  34. Vivien Baird
    13 October 2017
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    I love honey on toast Delicious

  35. Ashleigh Allan
    13 October 2017
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    Honey and mustard chicken

  36. rebecca h
    13 October 2017
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    I love 3 barrels honey brandy! it is so sweet yet mellow and moreish

  37. Heather Hibbert
    14 October 2017
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    Honey, lemon and hot water – especially for a cold

  38. Claire glace
    14 October 2017
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    37 Trenchard Way,
    chickerell
    weymouth
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  39. Ursula Hunt
    14 October 2017
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    Honey in lemon chicken to make the sauce sticky

  40. pete c
    14 October 2017
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    Ive had honey flavoured sweets before but never anything to do with beer before – sounds interesting

  41. Danielle Spencer
    15 October 2017
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    Honeycomb

  42. Margaret Gallagher
    15 October 2017
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    Honey glazed gammon

  43. Laura Pritchard
    15 October 2017
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    Honeycomb in chocolate!

  44. Pam Smith
    16 October 2017
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    I love honey with whiskey

  45. Ruth Harwood
    16 October 2017
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    yoghurt xx

  46. Rich Tyler
    16 October 2017
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    Honey Greek Yogurt

  47. Charlotte
    18 October 2017
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    I actually eat it plain as it supposedly stops hayfever! mm

  48. Margaret Clarkson
    18 October 2017
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    I like honey in porridge with cinnamon and apple

  49. Rob L
    22 October 2017
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    Honey Beer! Of course 🙂

  50. Susan B
    22 October 2017
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    Honey lip balm is absolutely luscious. Fresh honey on hot toast is great too.

  51. Rachell Lynch
    22 October 2017
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    honey and lemon

  52. Sara its Lock
    22 October 2017
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    honey and lemon for a sore throat and honey beer when I am feeling better ????????

  53. Emma Walton
    25 October 2017
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    My favourite honey thing is Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whisky.

  54. becki gates
    25 October 2017
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    i love honey on muffins

  55. Jo Carroll
    26 October 2017
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    Apart from honey in cakes and puddings…my favourite use is probably in cough and sore throat sweets – nothing beats it.

  56. purpleshoes
    26 October 2017
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    honey on toast!

  57. Judith Allen
    27 October 2017
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    Baguette with honey and wensleydale. Really.

  58. Sarah Mcknight
    27 October 2017
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    Honey on pancakes!

  59. Kelly Hirst
    28 October 2017
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    I love honey on toast with my morning coffee

  60. Nikki Hayes
    28 October 2017
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    Sugar Puffs cereal or Kelloggs Honey Nut Cornflakes:D

  61. Susan Bennett
    28 October 2017
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    Fabulous prize giveaway love to win……cheers

  62. Amanda Richardson
    28 October 2017
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    Honey flapjacks

  63. donna l jones
    29 October 2017
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    honey nut cornflakes

  64. Allan Fullarton
    29 October 2017
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    Amazing competition, thanks.

  65. sheri Darby
    29 October 2017
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    Honey sandwiches

  66. Mike Gerrie
    29 October 2017
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    Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey

  67. Lynn Heath
    30 October 2017
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    Honeycomb!

  68. Chris Fletcher
    30 October 2017
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    Bit old school but you can’t beat a bit of mead!

  69. Rachel white
    30 October 2017
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    My favourite honey thing is pure honey on thick vanilla ice cream. .. yummy

  70. Natalie Gillham
    30 October 2017
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    I love honey and lemon tea!

  71. Anthea Holloway
    30 October 2017
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    I love honey on hot toast where it melts into the butter!

  72. pam Lawrence
    30 October 2017
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    Fresh baked bread lavishly spread with butter and clover honey…it doesn’t get much better than that!

  73. Christine Caple
    30 October 2017
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    Crunchie

  74. 30 October 2017
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    Yoghurt and honey

  75. JULIE WARD
    30 October 2017
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    It would be this beer if I won it

  76. Sarah Wilson
    30 October 2017
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    Runny honey!

  77. paul jackson
    30 October 2017
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    honey nougat

  78. Deborah Clarke
    30 October 2017
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    Honeycomb! Fab giveaway would love to be your lucky winner.

  79. Kat Allinson
    30 October 2017
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    Honey on toast is my absolute favourite thing with honey

  80. Jennifer Baker
    31 October 2017
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    Honeycomb!

  81. Simon Tinsley
    31 October 2017
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    I eat my peas with honey. I’ve done it all my life. It makes the peas taste funny. But it keeps them on my knife!

  82. carol boffey
    31 October 2017
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    great prize thank you

  83. Lyla
    31 October 2017
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    Honeycomb

  84. Helen Adams
    31 October 2017
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    I really like honey cake

  85. caroline tokes
    31 October 2017
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    Natural yoghurt and frozen fruit with a teaspoon of honey to sweeten it

  86. paula cheadle
    31 October 2017
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    I love honey and nut icecream

  87. Kayleigh Robinson
    31 October 2017
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    Greek yogurt with fruit and drizzled in honey!

  88. Troy Easton
    31 October 2017
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    Great giveaway.

  89. Melanie Pennie
    31 October 2017
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    Runny honey on hot buttered toast

  90. Joanne Beale
    31 October 2017
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    Love honey on carrots

  91. Kev Cannon
    31 October 2017
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    Honey

  92. Lia Burns
    31 October 2017
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    Honey on my porridge

  93. sarah pearce
    31 October 2017
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    honey on crumpets is lush for a supper time snack! But remembe rto brush your teeth afterwards before bed!!!! x

  94. Tammy Neal
    31 October 2017
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    Honey on toaat

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