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It's buzzing here at our Hivequarters this morning as we have some exciting news.... we're crowdfunding!
From 10:00am today, we'll be working with our friends at Crowdcube and reaching out across the UK to drinkers, investors and suppliers to raise £350,000 to help take Hiver to the next level and hopefully to take you with us!
We believe there's a great future ahead for Hiver and to achieve our target of £4m turnover by 2022, we would like to invest in:
In celebrating our fourth Birthday just last week, it's hard not to be nostalgic and think of how far we've come since delivering to our first ten accounts in a zipcar, all of the support we've received to date and to be excited about the opportunity ahead.
We would love for you to watch our pitch video below to see our story, and our plan, and of course to find out if you'd like to join us from as little as £10.
Visit - https://www.crowdcube.com/hiver
We had our first consumer session down at the hives at the weekend, and we are pleased to report it was a success!
The Hiver Experience was also featured in Time Out's 'Things to do in London' which you can read here.
And if you fancy a taste of beekeeping and want to top it off with some craft beer tasting, you can still get tickets here.
Hiver's founder Hannah Rhodes has been quoted in the Publican's Morning Advertiser, discussing the issues that small craft brewers face when trying to break into 'mainstream' pubs.
Rhodes says: 'For craft brewers to really make a dent in the marketplace, they have to tackle the low price point retailers are used to for kegged, and even more so, cask products.'
Read the full article here.
We're very excited to announce that next month we will be launching The Hiver Experience - a hands-on introduction to bees, beekeeping and beer hosted alongside our friends at Bee Urban London in Kennington.
The sessions will start 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.
Visit our shop to book a place (space is limited to 10 people per session) and invite your friends along via our Facebook events page. More dates will be added throughout the summer so keep checking back!
Hiver's been picking up fans left, right and centre recently - including Apprentice-finalist and CEO of DatePlay dating app Vana Koutsomitis.
Here's what Vana had to say:
'When I was filming The Apprentice we had very little time for ourselves. We were constantly rushing around for filming and tasks. Some days we would get a day off and a chaperone would take us around the neighborhood. Because there were so many of us we could only go to places that everyone agreed on. Luckily there was a food market that we all wanted to go to. That's where I discovered Hiver - a deliciously refreshing honey beer. When I drink Hiver it brings me back to the crazy days of The Apprentice and I'm nostalgic for the novelty of the whole process but also very glad it's over! Here's to Hiver!'
Cheers to you, Vana!
Way back when Hiver was fresh off its very first production run we had just ten stockists lined up in and around SE1 - and The Roebuck was one of them. You can imagine our delight when this week the kegs finally rolled up and our blonde honey beer finally became available on draught!
With board games, regular movie nights, and a mouth-watering food menu, The Roebuck is one hell of a watering hole. Book a table for a Sunday roast and you will not be disappointed.
We'll see you soon guys for a pint or two! Cheers!
You can imagine our surprise when a friend of Hiver called us in late 2015 to say 'THERE'S A TOM KERRIDGE RECIPE WITH HIVER IN THE MAIL ON SATURDAY!' and sure enough, here it is!
Our favourite chef (and not just because he uses Hiver in his cooking) came up with this delicious beer-braised ham. As he says, it is perfect for feeding a crowd and absolutely the sort of dish you should be cooking up in this baltic weather!
We love using Hiver in the kitchen so keep your eyes peeled for more honey beer recipes and food matches from us!
2015 was a whirlwind year for Hiver, and we wanted to bring together some of our best memories of the last 12 months.
The big news of 2015 was, of course, the launch of the Honey Brown Ale to sit alongside our blonde Honey Beer. Responses were good and the last few months have seen both beers flying out of the warehouse and off the shelves.
After a couple of trials in 2014, we made Hiver widely available on draught and we have to say - we're thrilled with it. There's just something about a refreshing pint, isn't there?
Early in the year were delighted to be able to list Marks and Spencers as Hiver stockists. In the on-trade market we've been stocked by Young's pubs in London and the Indigo Pub Group in Brighton - and we look forward to developing those relationships into the new year.
Friend of Hiver Tom Kerridge set up shop in Harrod's back in November for a week-long pop-up restaurant, Tom's Table. We were obviously thrilled that he had picked Hiver to be on the menu and are happy to say the week was a great success for everyone - cheers Tom!
Hiver has always loved getting on the road and 2015 was no different. In the summer we headed up to the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival and, as always, had an absolute blast. November saw us back at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham, which served as an excellent warm-up for...
Hiver's first ever pop-up! For 8 weeks we took over the woodmerchant's workshop nextdoor and Hiver & Friends descended with everything from beer and wine to honey and charcuterie and cookbooks! It was a brilliant way to round off the year so huge thanks to everyone who got involved and everyone who came along to say hi to Hiver!
Thank you from all of us at Hiver, and we hope to see you in!
Last year Hiver founder Hannah was named as one of Management Today's '35 Under 35'.
Read on to see what the last year has brought and what's in the pipeline for.
Our friends at Jensen's Gin have been busy concocting this delicious winter warmer.
Check out the recipe and give it a try yourself!
1 litre fresh cloudy apple juice
160ml Jensen’s Bermondsey Dry gin
2 bottles Hiver The Honey Beer
4 tsp brown sugar
Warm through until hot but not steaming. Serve in warmed mugs with nutmeg freshly grated over the top.
We are absolutely thrilled to say that Hiver was crowned Best Honey Beer at this year's National Honey Show.
Our Sara was there to pick up the award, which will be taking pride of place at Hiver HQ.
The National Honey Show comprises nearly 250 competitive classes so we would like to say a huge congratulations to all of the winners and runners up, and once more a huge thank you to the judges!
Exciting news! We are announcing the very first Hiver Pop-Up!
Join us every weekend from now until Christmas as we'll be taking over and setting up shop in M.D Joinery's workshop in SE1. It won't just be us though, as each week we will be inviting along a host of friends to share in the fun. Expect beekeepers, charcuterie, honey tasting, wine and cocktails... as well as your favourite honey beer on draught, in bottles and packed up to take away of course!
Hiver & Friends is just a stone's throw from Maltby St Market and we're right nextdoor to our best buddies Jensen's Gin so there'll be plenty to keep you occupied for an afternoon or two.
Keep checking back to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information and weekly line-ups. For directions see the Facebook event page here.
Spread the word... #Hiver&Friends
We are delighted to announce that the Young's Pub Group are now stocking Hiver in several of their venues. Here's our pick from across the capital.
The Founders Arms sits overlooking the Thames and they offer everything from your morning coffee through to post-work drinks and evening meals. As they say - they view isn't bad either!
Head over to Wimbledon and visit the Crooked Billet, home of award-winning cask ales, craft beers and a good old hearty home-cooked menu. With winter just around the corner you'll not want to move far from their fireplace, that's for sure.
Last but not least, John Salt in Islington is must-visit for beer and burgers, but don't miss the rest of their seasonal menu either. You can even book a space and have a bar all to yourself and your party.
Check out the Young's website for information on Christmas bookings too!
We are really thrilled to be a part of Flavourly's Craft Beer Discovery Club and you can find a Hiver in the first of every Craft Beer club boxes. "We have searched the country high and low to find over 1000 of the best craft brewers each with their own mouth watering brews… From dark stouts, to delicious IPAs we'll send you beers tailored to your taste!"
Hiver's founder Hannah Rhodes had a suprise phonecall last Thursday, inviting her to speak on Jeremy Vine's BBC radio 2 programme. Hannah spoke about Hiver's story to date from a listing with Selfridges through to the national competition win that achieved a listing with Ocado and then into national distribution.
Nick Brown, the shows business expert, went on to make Hiver his 'Small Business of the Week' and after the show had aired we were told there had been over 6 million listeners. Fingers crossed for a spike in sales!
On the 4th August Hiver was awarded two stars (outstanding) by the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards 2015. The Great Taste Awards are recognised as the world's largest and most trusted food and drinks award.
First year of entry has been really exciting and we look forward to entering the brown ale next year.
We are pleased to announce that Hiver is now officially Slow Food accredited! The Slow Food movement integrates members from around the world to link ‘the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. We aim to reinvigorate people’s interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.’
Hiver is naturally brewed, ferments with raw honey and sources from all-British producers including some of London’s urban bee keepers.
Thanks to our distribution partner Liberty Wines and a very successful Dublin tasting back in February, we’re now available in our first Export market – Ireland!
We’ve been really delighted with the response to our two beers over the water and have learnt a thing of two from the wonderful beer shops and off-licenses that Ireland has to offer. Walk in beer fridges, chilled shelves and world craft beer displays…we’re thrilled to be among them.
From the 11th June through to the 14th Hiver could be found at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC Birmingham. As a craft beer brand we were invited to the Good Food Champions arena where we set up base for the weekend offering people a taster of our blonde beer and new brown ale.
Tom Kerridge was there and was kind enough to mention us on the main stage when cooking his beef dish. This resulted in the stock levels dramatically decreasing and the need for a speedy re-delivery. With the help from the amazing Lottie and Dan we were able to keep on top of the demand and we were really thrilled with the response to Hiver.
Thanks to all that came and visited us over the weekend we hope you enjoyed our stand and the show.
Hiver is thrilled to annouce that Marks & Spencer will be stocking Hiver as of 14th June! Hiver The Honey Beer, our first beer that we launched in Sept 2013 will be available in 70 Marks & Spencer stores across greater London.
We are really excited to have M&S on board and hope this makes life a little bit easier when trying to get hold of your favourite craft beer!
Contact us at email@example.com for a list of Hiver stockists .
Well we've been busy. We've been trial brewing a second beer throughout the winter and after sneak previews and rave reviews at Divertimenti, London Beer Week and Craft Beer Rising, our Honey Brown Ale is here!
Our Founder, Hannah Rhodes, had always hoped to add a seond beer to the range and that it would be a brown ale. After sampling honeys from across the UK and developing the recipe over 4 trial brews, we're thrilled to say we're delighted with the end result and we hope it offers an alternative, yet just as enjoyable, take on the honey beer style as our original blonde beer.
You can read all about the beer, it's ingredients and find a taste note here and if you'd like to have a try then of course we'll be offering both beers at our regular food markets and the BBC Good Food Show, which is now just around the corner. We're thrilled to say that you can now find both of our beers online via Ales by Mail , and in London at Smiths of Smithfield, The Miller and Draughts cafe bar Dalston. We'll be releasing information on where the Honey Ale is available nationwide on our facebook and twitter pages as the week unfolds. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!
So we might be a bit late to the party but we're going to give it our best effort. With just a few days until the deadline, we've submitted out #Pitchtorich for (brace yourself for another unessecary hashtag)...#HiverToGoVoom. We hope you enjoy our video elevator pitch and of course, as always, thankyou for your support. Cheers and err...#Craftbeertowin!
Well we've been busy. We've been trial brewing our soon to launch second beer through the winter and we're thrilled to say, it'll be available for sneak previews this week as part of London Beer Week (16th - 22nd Feb) and of course, Craft Beer Rising this coming weekend (18th - 22nd Feb)
The wonderful team at Translate Bar, Shoreditch decided to back Hiver for the week instead of a rather well-known brewery from over the water in Ireland and have given us the chance to showcase our beers (yes, there are now two!) with a series of events this week. There'll be Masterclasses, Beer Pancakes, Meet the Beekeeper nights and a pretty big knees up in the form of Craft Beer Rising Beer Festival at the end of it all. Gosh we'll need a drink by the end of all that. We hope to see you there.
I'm afraid it's time, and we've only come to this conclusion after buckling to the pressure of all your requests (millions I tell you!). It's time to think about Christmas. The guys at BeerBods are offering a Christmas version of their fantastic Craft Beer Boxes and Hiver 6-packs will be available at Wholefoods and many of our incredible independent retailers nationwide.
We'll be offering all of our Hiver goodies (listed below) at Maltby street Market, every Sunday until Christmas. But if that's just not convenient you can collect from us in the week or we can despatch to you via courier, APC. The delivery charge will range from £3 for a jar of honey to £10 for a full case of beer (it's heavy!). Last orders for a pre-Christmas delivery to be taken by 12 noon on Monday 22nd December and payments are to be made pro-forma and by Bacs (cash at the market). Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Prices (excluding delivery but including VAT)
Hiver Full Case (24 x 330ml bottles, recipe card and postcard) £42
Hiver 6 bottle carry pack (6 x 330ml bottles, recipe card and postcard) £20
Hiver 3 bottle gift box (3 x 330ml bottles, recipe card and postcard) £10
Urban Honey jar £6
Heather Honey Jar £5
Hampers available upon request
We were pretty excited to recieve a call from the Food Programme team at BBC Radio 4 to say that they'd heard great things about Hiver and were keen to find out more about the Urban Honey we use as an ingredient in the beer.
So we took them down to meet Barnaby the Beekeeper at Bee Urban London. We got hands on capping our first harvest of honey while talking them through why honey is such an exciting ingredient to brew with and that we actually use three in the making of Hiver.
You can enjoy the show here, which looks at various Urban Hives and projects from Copenhagen, New York and of course London, with Hiver cropping up at 12.46. Cheers!
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Hiver...
That's right folks, Hiver has reached the grand old age of one and what a first year it's been. Raise a glass and join us in celebration, or come on down to Maltby Street Market every Sunday this month for 10% off 8 packs of Hiver.
Now let's see what Hiver's second year brings...
You might remember that back in May we hit Brighton as part of the Foodies Festival tour, so there was great excitement at Hiver HQ when we found out about our first stockist down on the coast - The Three Jolly Butchers! We can't wait to lose a few hours in there and what with quiz nights, acoustic nights and Sunday afternoon jazz we'll be spoilt for choice.
Over the water in Belfast The Vineyard is flying the Hiver flag, and with over 6,000 products on their shelves we're thrilled to be part of one of Northern Ireland's finest wine and spirit merchants.
Last Sunday we were invited to the Ladywell Tavern to try out some exciting new trial dishes. Pork Belly & Nut Salad with a Hiver dressing and some Jerk Chicken marinated in Hiver and Bee Urban London honey really are as good as they sound.
There's a lot going on down at Ladywell, have a read of what's below or check out their website.
"It’s all about Community.
We all love a tipple and a decent bit of grub but we also love; dog-walking, rock climbing, golf, boardgames or a bit of singing, reading, poetry or even a bit of banter, get involved with our groups on Facebook or sign up to some community groups in the pub." Just our kind of place.
We threw a bit of coffee around the room at Breakfast this morning as we spotted a familiar name in the Sunday Times. Hannah Rhodes, Founder of Hiver Beers, was named as '35 under 35' after being shortlisted from hundreds to 65 entrants and then finally announced today as making the 2014 list of 35 'Ones to Watch' by Management Today.
Hannah has been involved in premium drinks for a number of years and it's been a whirlwind year since going alone and developing Hiver, which launched in September 2013. Hiver combines her passion for quality, flavoursome beer and beekeeping with her drive for sourcing only from British suppliers. We think it's great that craft beer is up there as an industry driving the economy forward and we congratulate all of the Top 35!
And so it's finally here: Hiverbeers.com! We hope you enjoy reading the taste notes, finding out more about the bees and beekeepers behind the beer, and of course how it all started. A big thanks to the creative folks at Colt for their help in making this happen. From the original branding and packaging, across POS and merchandise, we've worked together to create the Hiver you now know and love.
We're really excited about the new website and we're looking forward to keeping you up to date with all things Hiver related via this feed. And don't forget to follow us on twitter, facebook and instagram for all the very latest news. You can check out more of Colt's work at www.thisiscolt.com
Tasty, tasty. The genius team at Whyte and Brown have created a genuinely fanastic match for Hiver - their South Coast Crab on Toast. Their restaurant and bar on Carnaby Street has fast become a favourite hang out of ours. To give you a flavour of what to expect have a read of their story below.
"At Whyte & Brown we focus on just a few hero ingredients – chicken, eggs and craft beer. It’s a simple concept, but we believe simple can also be sophisticated. From simple we’ve created a wide range of delicious dishes – some old favourites and some surprising new twists. All conceived with well-chosen craft beers to compliment them. We like to know where our food comes from. That’s why we buy British. Our chicken and eggs are sourced from a select number of free range farms. We know them not just by their reputation, but also personally. We insist on visiting all the main suppliers we work with.
Then comes the craft beer. If we are getting the best chicken and eggs, we want to get the best beers to go with them. The best of British. After visiting, tasting and working with many microbreweries across the country, we believe we’ve paired our quality free range chicken with the appropriately tasty beers. We love our food and we love our craft beers, and we hope you will too."
If that doesn't have you convinced, have a watch of this little gem.
Well the Hiver bar has been busy already as the Foodies Festival season has gotten off to a flying start. With Brighton and the London festivals behind us we're looking forward to hitting the road again and heading to Bristol next weekend.
You'll find a fantastic array of food and drinks stalls, stands, tents and even demonstrations. Some of our favourites include Happy Maki, the Popcorn Kitchen (how do they make it so good?!), Hepworth Brewery and of course Little Jack Horner's very impressive sausage rolls.
Honey Beer and Poppy Seed Bread
This is an incredibly simple bread to make and freezes well.
(Makes two large rounds)
42g fresh yeast
1 bottle Hiver Beer (330ml) at room temperature plus 70ml water if needed
400 ml plain yoghurt
2-3 Tbsp runny honey
400g plain white spelt flour
350g wholemeal spelt flour
50g wheat germ
1 Tbsp salt
1 egg, beaten
Poppy seeds to top the bread
Place the yeast in a large bowl, add the beer and stir. Add in the yoghurt and honey and mix together thoroughly. Add the flours, wheat germ and salt and stir together until the dough is formed. If the dough is too dry, add in some of the additional water as needed. Place the dough on a floured work surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Put the dough into an oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap. Leave to rise for about 1 hour.
Place the dough on a floured work surface and cut into two equal pieces. Shape each piece into a round and place on a baking sheet lined with bake-o-glide. Brush the tops of the loaves with the beaten egg and dust liberally with poppy seeds.
Place in the roasting oven and bake for about 40-50 minutes until a skewer inserted in the loaf comes out clean. If the bread starts to brown too much on top, place a piece of tin foil loosely over the top. When ready, remove from the oven and place the loaves on a wire rack to cool.
http://myagadiary.co.uk/2014/06/03/baking-bread-with-hiver-honey-beer/ - written by Julia Leonard
Well, we just wouldn't be able to put it quite as eloquently as the fantastic Dale Gibson from Bermondsey Bees, so we'd encourage you to read his blog piece about the day spent wildflower planting in a local Bermondsey park (in the rain).
Dale applied for a Grant and enlisted the help of Bankside Open Spaces Trust and the local community to plant an array of Bee friendly herbs, perrenials and annuals. The plants will soon be coming into their own, ensuring some good forage for Dales nearby Bees on Bermondsey Street as well as something for the whole community to enjoy. Pretty impressive stuff.
What fantastic news - we won! Earlier this year Ocado launched a nationwide search for Britain's Next Top Supplier. Out of 420 entrants we found ourselves in the final five for a Dragon's Den style pitch to the judging panel before receiving the amazing news. Here's Hannah talking about the competition. Huge congratulations to the other finalists - Holy Lama Spice Drops, Lushice Sorbets, Mo's Cookie Dough and Adunni Foods - and thank you to everyone at Ocado.
You can buy Hiver online at Ocado here.