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Video: We tried Minneapolis Town Hall’s new beer made with local honey 🐝

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery’s new beer is all about bees.

Released last week, the brewery’s Pollen Party golden ale is made with local dandelion honey from Bar Bell Bee Ranch in Squaw Lake, and is brewed with garden herbs and wheat.

Pollen Party tastes a bit like flowers, and is light and refreshing – so it’ll be perfect to drink on a warm, sunny day. But watch out, it’s pretty boozy for how bright it tastes, with an ABV of 7.3 percent.

The beer aims to raise awareness about the plight of bees because without them, we wouldn’t have some of the beers we have today – including those from Town Hall’s award-winning honey beer program. It’s been using honey from Bar Bell Bee Ranch for years.

Bees and beer

Honey has been used to make beer forever (literally, since the first known reference to beer back in 7000 B.C.), so naturally breweries around the country have boosted their efforts to help save bees.

But new research shows one of the main ingredients in beer might actually do that.

Bees have been dying off a lot faster, in part because of something called colony collapse disorder. One of the leading causes of CCD are varroa mites, but a lot of the common methods used to ward off the parasites aren’t that great for the bees themselves, the Yale Environmental Review said.

Now scientists have discovered that hop beta acids (which are extracted from the cones of hop plants that are used in making beer) repel the mites, and won’t harm the bees or humans, the Bad Beekeeping Blog explained.

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