Hiver is a dry, crisp and refreshing blonde beer that has been brewed with honey. We use honey as an ingredient, as is traditional to this beer style, rather than as an additive. This means that much of the sugar is fermented out so only the aroma and flavour remain.
Hiver is golden straw in colour and opens with an inviting honey and biscuit aroma. Through a sparing use of challenger and UK cascade hops, a hint of citrus brings depth and balance to the nose without overpowering the delicate honey esters.
We use Urban London, English Blossom and Heather honeys during fermentation and conditioning to produce a beer of medium body and low bitterness. The beer remains unpasteurised to enable these subtle flavours to shine through and the honey adds a creamy mouthfeel to create a moreish
and refreshing blonde beer.
Brewed in England
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 are as varied and unique as the malted barley and hops that were picked during the recipe development stage.
The beer recipe was developed with the aim of creating a proper honey beer after realising we could do it in a way that no-one else was and with the aim of doing it properly. The honey was used as an ingredient rather than as an addition for flavouring and we think this is what makes Hiver the best that it can be as well as moreish and accessible.
Honey beer as a style is incredibly traditional in the UK and we'll look forward to further exploring the old stories as well as bringing out new craft beers to show what honey and malts can really do together. The ethos of sourcing ‘all-British' became as important as the strive for a natural and quality driven brew and so Hiver will always go the extra mile to make sure that all our suppliers are British too, like the people that make our glass, print our bottles and stamp our business cards.
There's something nice about supporting these old industries and seeing how they are looking to craftsmanship in the same we that we approach brewing Hiver. Hiver donates 10% of profits to pollinator charities and we'd love it if you could join us when we support Wildflower planting days run by organisations like the London Beekeepers Association.