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New honey ale coming from New Helvetia Brewing Co.

It’s not exactly news that the pollination from bees helps to produce about 80% of the foods in the human diet, but some may not know that their honey can be, and often is, used in beer.

The New Helvetia Brewing Co. is in the works to make a honey ale that will be unveiled at Eat Local, Bee Local on July 31 held at the Urban Hive. However, making a honey-based brew does not give the results that would be expected from the usually sweet substance.

According to Brian Cofresi, the brewmaster at New Helvetia, the honey actually ferments and adds to the alcohol content. “It will make it sweeter, but only a little,” Cofresi said. “It would add more to the alcohol taste.”

The honey itself is local – from Lienert’s Honey located on 58th street. Cofresi wanted a dark honey in hopes that it would be more flavorful once the brew was finished. They chose Lienert’s “Wild Oak” honey that Cofresi describes as “soft and smooth.”

Some of the hops that were used are local, but not all. “The industry here is so young that local hops can be hard to find,” said Cofresi. The rest come from the Northwest and Southwestern parts of Canada.

There is no official name for the ale just yet. Ideas have been thrown around, but the company wants to make sure that the name for the beer is just as good as the beer itself.

To try the new brew, you can wait until New Helvetia starts serving it at their location or you can attend Eat Local, Bee Local on July 31.

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