IF THERE’S one thing that gets John Leiper and Meetal Patel buzzing it’s bees.
The other is English ale, so one day over a pint, the two decided that Pearly Queen, their co-operative of London beekeepers, should go into the beer business.
The tiny Stamford Works, Gillett Square popup, one of the bars that has gone in early with some orders for the Pearly Queen beer, which at present comes only in bottles.
The firm says: “We wanted to bring our fantastic London honey to a refreshing and tasty beer, while raising awareness for our beloved bees.”
The eco aspect fits well with BIB, named for bag-in-box, which says it is London’s first bar dedicated to serving natural wine from sustainable packaging. Bag-in-box reduces wine’s carbon footprint.
Pearly Queen uses a Ramsgate, Kent brewer and has already produced about 2,500 litres. The popularity of craft beer means the bee(r)istas, who are both aged 32, are in a competitive field. But the honey ale, your reporter can attest, is delightful and distinctive. Bars and clubs are starting to stock it.
Leiper tells Loving Dalston that he and his partner are thinking of moving into gin. Very much a traditional London drink, he points out, it fits with the Pearly Queen Cockney image.
David Altheer 200816
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