We’re in the honey: ale and hopeful as a hive of sweetness and beer sets up in a Hackney pop-up

John Leiper shows Pearly Queen Beer Company’s newly launched Honey Pale Ale @ Dalston London 20 Aug 2016 © david.altheer[ at ] gmail.com
Meetal Patel shows Pearly Queen Beer Company’s newly launched Honey Pale Ale @ Dalston London 20 Aug 2016 © david.altheer[ at ] gmail.com
Meetal Patel and, top, John Leiper of the Pearly Queen Beer Company launch their Honey Pale Ale in Dalston

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.

So on Saturday 20 August 2016 the embryonic Pearly Queen Beer Company launched Honey Pale Ale at the BIB Taproom.

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 hives off some combs of honey (supplied pic)

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

* You can order Pearly Queen Honey Pale Ale by emailing info@pearlyqueenbeer.com

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