We approached Darren Golding of Ramsbury Brewery when we were looking for someone to brew a beer with a difference...
A beer that captured all the appeal of the North Wessex Downs in a glass. A beer, in short, that should only be drunk against a background of beautiful landscapes!
Because of our dedication to conservation and wildlife in particular, we sat down with Darren and came up with a beer that would link with one of our major concerns - to help preserve and encourage the local bee population.
Darren was given a few armfuls of honey from beekeepers from the slopes of Pewsey Vale and asked to work his magic. So he retreated to his brewery, just a stone’s throw from the chalk hills of the Marlborough Downs, and began to experiment.
“I wanted to produce a beer that would sell, a very subtle beer that would appeal to a lot of people,” says Darren.
The result is Honey Bee Nectar. A light, fresh-tasting beer with an underlying gentle sweetness of honey produced by the 300 hives under the care of bee farmer Terry Cooke (pictured) of Wiltshire Bee Centre and Ken Bates, a beekeeper from Ramsbury. It is a beer that conjures up true sense of magic that exudes from our area of outstanding natural beauty.
In the spring and early summer Terry Cooke’s bees feed on the mixed flowers of the Vale of Pewsey. The North Wessex Downs AONB is supporting several local initiatives across the whole North Wessex Downs area to restore a nectar-rich habitat and that is where the Honey Bee Nectar beer comes in.
For every bottle sold or pint pulled, 20p will be donated by Ramsbury Brewery towards specific campaigns to help our local bees to flourish.
We can all drink to that!