We have a winner! I’m very pleased to announce that Hannah Rhodes of Hiver Beers has been crowned queen bee of the competition.
Hiver is a delicious craft beer brewed with urban and rural honey. With a background in microbreweries, Hannah knows a thing or two about creating a tasty tipple. With Hiver, she chose to tone down the hops and used an organic specialty malt to make the honey flavours shine. The beer itself is long matured and unpasteurised.
“After attending an urban beekeeping course, I really fell in love with honey and the stories behind beekeeping. Once I’d tried a few honey beers, I felt that there was a lot more that could be done so I set about developing a recipe that really showcased the honey and its story through a great quality beer.”
Our judges, including Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge and retail legend Sir Stuart Rose, were bowled over by the beer (Tom Kerridge has since put it on the board at his famous Hand and Flowers pub), but they were also impressed by Hannah herself.
A young entrepreneur, she is full of passion, not just for craft brewing but also for beekeeping and conservation. As Tom said, “the entire Hiver product, from taste to packaging, has been carefully crafted”. Even her business cards have that thoughtful touch: they’re laced with wildflower seeds so you can plant them and create food for bees.
Sir Stuart Rose put it like this, “Hannah and her Hiver Beers had it all – an intriguing back story, a passion for the industry, a great tasting, quirky product… but Hannah’s holistic approach to her product and brand is what really sold it for me”.
To close the show, here are some final words from Tom Kerridge. “Hannah’s doing something different, she’s doing it well, and she loves doing it. She’s the perfect winner in my eyes.”
Try a bottle of Hiver for yourself. It’s ready to buy on our website now: http://bit.ly/1oywWei ▶
Naomi, PR and Social Media Executive