It was a sunny, surprisingly warm October day – perfect for a honeybee hive video shoot. If it wasn’t above 60 degrees and sunny, the bees wouldn’t be happy and wouldn’t be flying, we were told by beekeeper
Richard Hosey of Hosey Honey in Midway, Ky, not too far from Lexington.
So why was a craft beer team dealing with bees? Our new Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale was set to hit the market soon, and our brewers used 1,700 lbs of honey from Hosey’s hives in the brew, which also included ginger. The brew also included some local hops from a local hop farm in Clark County, Kentucky, one of a handful of hop farms popping up in the Bluegrass State, which have now joined together to create the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance. We were hoping to get the word out through a short video about this awesome new brew that utilized Kentucky Proud ingredients.
Two of our talented videographers/photographers on our team used the beautiful day to shoot b-roll of the bees at work, even getting their hands covered in bees as they got in close to capture images of them. They wore veils, and had carefully followed beekeeper Richard Hosey’s suggestion to avoid wearing black, which apparently will make bees more aggressive. Amazingly, no one got stung!
We also had the pleasure of having Dr. Tammy Horn, Kentucky state apiarist (yes, we actually have a state beekeeper – fascinating!), for an interview, as well as our master brewer, Ken Lee. The whole two-minute video shoot took most of the day, as well as one morning to get more beauty shots of the sunrise. And now we are happy with the final result – a beautiful video showcasing our Kentucky Honey Barrel Ale in its native Central Kentucky. It’s our first winter seasonal in our barrel-aged seasonal series that was launched last year with Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale®.
Enjoy the finished short video below! Kentucky Honey Barrel Ale is available in 4-packs in most of our territories in limited amounts. Check your local business that carries craft beer.