For this release of KISSING THE BEEHIVE, the raw honey we used came from Shirley & Steven McConnell's farm in Yea, North-East Victoria. They have 2 hives with around 60,000 European honey bees and was harvested during the Summer of 2019. We were amazed by the quality and flavour as soon as we tasted it. It was rich and complex with flavours reminiscent of wildflowers and gum blossoms. We love using honey in beer because of the myriad of flavours you can get from using different origins of honey and using the raw product at different stages of brewing can bring out these flavours.
KISSING THE BEEHIVE is a Farmhouse Ale that we ferment in oak barriques using one of our house mixed cultures. We added honey in the kettle whirlpool and then a second addition, after primary fermentation, into the barrel and then used honey to prime the bottles & kegs for natural carbonation. Adding the honey in the last two stages of the process really brings the honey flavour to the fore in this beer. Beautiful floral aromas and a lingering, almost waxy, raw honey flavour on the palate is balanced by a textured mouthfeel whilst finishing bright and dry. A highly drinkable and complex farmhouse ale that'll have you, as the name suggests, KISSING THE BEEHIVE!