Beehives and Craft Beers in one great gourmet experience.

How’s that for all your birthdays come at once?

You wouldn’t associate London with beekeeping, or with craft beers, for that matter, but the Hiver Experience gives you both tasty experiences in the one visit. The beekeeping aspect of the experience includes getting suited up for a hive inspection and the chance to help Hiver’s Beekeeper in handling the frames and checking the health of the Hive. Once you’ve had enough bees, it moves onto a tutored beer and food matching session with a focus on the yummy craft beer.

Situated near Kennington Tube Station, Bee Urban London hosts these experiences from mid April till the end of September and they’re ideal for those who don’t want to – or simply can’t – get out into the country to look for bees and beers.

Experiencey Top Tip

Because of the craft beer part, this experience is strictly 18 and over. So that after checking out the hives, beekeeping and honey-gathering part of the trip, you’ll be able to relax in the presence of the beer experts who’ll tell you all about the ale that you’ll be sampling.

And by the way, did you know that all the little bees that make the honey are female? The males, or drones, do very little at all and don’t get involved in honey-making or much else really!


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  1. A 360 view from the bees to the beer
    By Soline - August 13, 2018

    We attended the Hiver Experience last Sunday and had a great time there:
    Barnaby, the beekeeper, gave us a good introduction to the main tools, the hive, and bees in general, then we went on a hive inspection. It was really amazing to see how totally unfathomed the bees are when we were passing the frames around.
    After the hive inspection, we carried on with the beer tasting, and whilst this part was more aimed for my partner, I did quite enjoy the Blonde.
    Floriane, the Hiver host, talked us through the brewing process and bits of brewing history and got us to try some of the ingredients, including the honey, which made the whole tasting a lot more intuitive.

    Overall, a very good combination, friendly hosts and atmosphere, and very pleasant beers 🙂

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