ONE of the county’s most-loved breweries has welcomed its very own hive of bees to help produce one of their signature drinks.

Bowland Brewery in Clitheroe has teamed up with Little Middop Farm in nearby Rimington which is just six miles away from their Holmes Mill base.

The sweet nectar they produce will go into brewing their honey beer, Bumble - a blonde ale that is lightly hopped.

Bumble started out as one of Bowland Brewery’s seasonal ales back in 2018 but was moved into its core range following feedback from buyers and customers.

Operations Director Andrew Warburton said: “We have always used locally sourced honey to create Bowland Bumble Honey Beer but we felt that it was a fantastic way for us to support the bee population by having our own hive.

“We have always been inspired by the area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) Bowland when creating our beers and we are passionate about supporting this stunning landscape so introducing our own beehives was a natural choice.”

Lancashire Telegraph: The bees being moved into their new home at Bowland BreweryThe bees being moved into their new home at Bowland Brewery

The bees will be free around the Forest of Bowland and beyond, pollinating many flowers, fruits, nuts and vegetables as they go.

Flavours from each come back with the bee and eventually make their way into the honey, creating a unique flavour profile for the beer.