Ballard Bee Company

Raw unfiltered honey produced in Seattle backyards

Corky Luster is a Seattle-based certified beekeeper. Two years ago he launched Ballard Bee, an enterprise he calls an “urban pollination company.” His fast-growing initiative includes 60 onsite beehives at his Northwest Seattle home, plans to expand to 100 in the coming year and hives placed throughout his neighborhood. Luster maintains the hives and compensates sponsors for their time and the use of their property …

HoneyMaker Mead

Fermented honey makes a flavorful comeback thanks to an artisanal Maine producer

by Jason Reindorp Located in a space resembling both wine shop and chemistry lab, a visit to Portland, ME’s Maine Mead Works to taste their handcrafted HoneyMaker wine is equal parts educational and delicious. The HoneyMaker Mead uses 100% Maine wildflower honey and other locally produced ingredients, and then barrel aged with American oak. While many consider it a thick or syrupy drink, Maine Mead …

Savannah Bee Company Honey Trio

A new trio of honeys purposefully created to pair with cheese, grilling and tea

The Savannah Bee Company recently released a new trio of honey created for purposeful pairings. Their Cheese, Grill and Tea honeys are a finely tuned food accompaniment, utilizing the golden nectar’s subtle sweetness. The Cheese honey is rich and full, pairing well with salty cheeses while the Grill honey caramelizes barbecued fare, adding a hint of sweetness without overpowering. Tea honey easily infuses any tea, …