Bees Endeavour – Honey & Ginger ale (by Whitewater Brewing Co.)

Stu’s thoughts : 

 This one is made with real bees, so you know its good.

DISCLAIMER : THIS DRINK IS NOT MADE FROM BEES. It might be made with honey though I’m really not in a position to say either way. It could be made by bees. Lots of them all clocking into work every day. How many bees would it take to open a brewery?……

I was excited to give this one a go as the it comes from a local award-winning brewery in County Down. WBC is also the home of famous brews such as Maggie’s Leap and Belfast Black. Having only tried a few of their bottles i was ready to experience their other wares.

The thing about this one is that despite it boasting a honey and ginger golden ale claim on the label – only a third of that statement is true. The ale is indeed golden. Unless you’re talking about the flavours that connoisseurs and pundits claim to experience. Ghost flavours if you will. Those “notes of willow grass drifting sensuously over fields of wheat and barley” types.

If that’s what they’re referring to then YES by all means, work away fella! In that case : I get hints of Brontosaurus and roasted parsnip. Grass fed hedgehog. A DVD box set of Teachers featuring Andrew Lincoln…..

Bees endeavour tastes like every other craft beer or pretentious brew you’ve ever tried at the insistence of that one mate who’s like “Nah try it, this ones different”. It’s not an offensive taste but this one feels unwilling to commit to its moniker. 

This 4.8% brew-boi is enjoyable, but it’s not doing anything that a cheaper golden ale isn’t doing taste=wise. Theres no sting or burn. It’s sweet sure but it’s very subtle. I definitely would recommend this one for fans of the crafted ale. While the flavour is not as full as i want it to be – it is well-rounded and pleasant.

In conclusion I think the bees should work harder and I look forward to trying their other titles. All in all : It was good. I drank it. Would I drink it again? Yeh. I would. A fine nectar, lads, just not  to my tastes.

2.2/5 ginger bees.

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Seán’s Thoughts:

Just like the teams, I made a change at half time too and running on from the dugout is Bees Endeavour by Whitewater Brewery. I’m pretty excited about this as it’s made with Honey & Ginger and I’ve an exceptionally sweet tooth, passed down through generations of O’Neill dessert fanatics.

I lash the bottle open eagerly to unearth a sweet smell, I’d imagine this is what a bee’s fart smells like. As if a hive full of bees farted in your face at once, I imagine. Anyway, I take a jolly good swig of the bottle and notice the honey coming through right away. I wouldn’t be honey’s biggest fan to be fair, I remember my granda used to have a tin of Lyle’s Golden Syrup which is basically pure sugar and I had a spoonful of it for the craic when I was wee. It sort of turned me off honey for the longest while until I was in a hipster cafe a few years back where it made an appearance on bacon. This drink’s pure lovely though, it’s quite sweet but not in the sickening way you’d get in other ales of this ilk. As mentioned earlier, if the aroma is a bee’s fart then this has to be the nectar from inside of the walls of the hive itself. As if you were in there with a whole rake of bees after they come home from a hard day of it and they just end up licking the walls as it’s so tasty in there. This is probably the ale they’d choose to get blocked on after all that graft.

Actually, here’s a wee bit of bee trivia. Bees tend to get drunk when out and about, due to being attracted to cider and other sweet booze. So they come back to the hive and there’s bouncer bees at the doors who see this lad staggering towards the b’door. They approach this drunk buzzter, probably say something like ‘not tonight pal’ and end up stinging him to death. Isn’t that mad? Think of all the times you’ve returned to your own hive after the sesh. Thankfully the worst you have is a hangover but sometimes, the hang can be so bad you’d be glad of the stinging. Ah, where was I at? Sure I was supposed to be reviewing this ale and headed on to talk about drunk bees being stopped by bouncers. I even got so distracted by all of this thinking and forgot to update the review with game highlights but I think there’s enough madness in there to tide everyone over. The game itself ended Galway 2-18 to Limerick 3-16 and Limerick get to take home the Liam McCarthy cup this year.

To wrap up, Bees Endeavour is one of the finer tipples I’ve drank lately, it’s just so nice to sip on as the taste stays with you until your next sip but it’s that moreish, you’re always looking forward to the next drop. I’ll happily revisit this ale for sure. Class-o-meter: 4/5

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