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Honeybees from a Gedling beehive have made a vital and taste-enhancing contribution to our newest wildlife charity beer.

Called Bittern, the real ale is Castle Rock’s latest in our long established series brewed to raise funds for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

With supplies from Alec Thomson, a member of Nottinghamshire Beekeepers’ Association, head brewer Adrian Redgrove added 10kg of Nottinghamshire honey at the final stage in the making Bittern bitter. It is now on sale at pubs across the East Midlands and Yorkshire.

Alongside representatives of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Alec acknowledged the honeybee’s help as he supped the first pint of the real ale beside his three Gedling allotment hives.

(l-r)  Beekeeper, Alec Thomson, with Castle Rock's head brewer Adrian Redgrove and Isabel Greed of Notts Wildlife Trust

(l-r) Beekeeper, Alec Thomson, with Castle Rock’s head brewer Adrian Redgrove and Isabel Greed of Notts Wildlife Trust

Alec, who has been keeping bees for five years, says he was delighted to help a local brewery in this way. “I think the ale really compliments the bees and their hard work. They spend three weeks of their short, hard-working lives gathering nectar and we now have a wonderful chance to toast them. We can thank them for their efforts and remember how important they are in pollinating the crops that feed us all.”

Adrian Redgrove says: “Adding honey to the recipe lends a wonderful floral sweetness to the beer. This complements the spicy notes of the hops.”

Bittern is a 4.1 per cent honey bitter, and is the ninth real ale brewed in 2014 in support of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Isabel Greed, who joined the beer launch ceremony on behalf of the wildlife trust says: “The sale of Castle Rock’s wildlife beers continues to help us raise awareness of key species and conservation issues. And just as funds come in from ‘Bittern’, the beer, we look forward to welcoming the seasonal arrival of rare bitterns to our Attenborough Nature Reserve.”