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Beginning Beekeeping Video Series: #1 Welcome

Greetings from Savannah Bee! As you might imagine, around here we talk about beekeeping a lot. That’s because Savannah Bee is so much more than just another company. Savannah Bee is a company built on the core principle of honoring and celebrating the magnificent honey bee. In fact, every person who joins the Savannah Bee…

Mead Sangria

Have you ever tried mead? It’s the oldest and most versatile form of alcohol known to man, yet it doesn’t receive as much recognition as other more traditionally served spirits. Commonly called “honey wine,” mead can take the form of many different alcoholic beverages depending on which yeast is used. I recently tried the Rosé…

New Mead Varieties at Savannah Bee

Savannah Bee’s mead program is thriving! Our first mead bar at Broughton Street had over 1,000 tastings in July. We’ve opened a second mead bar at the River street store. Bee on the lookout for a mead bar in Charleston! We’ve expanded our tasting selection from St. Ambrose still meads to include sparkling meads from…

From the Bee Garden: Wax Moths and Beetles

By now, you have probably heard of Colony Collapse Disorder. I am sure that you have read something online or seen it on the news somewhere. You may have even seen it on your social media in one of hundreds of groups that claim they found they reason for the decline in honey bee populations,…

Sourwood, Lovely Sourwood

Such a fickle bloom. It can grow a number of places, but the blooms only produce nectar in the Southern Appalachians. Even then you can really only make honey at  higher elevations, therefore,  the  window is extremely small for available bee yards capable of  making this beautiful honey, which is arguably the best in the…

Monks, Sugar, and Beeswax Candles

Beekeeping was an art of necessity in the early days of the craft. Honey, propolis, royal jelly, and beeswax were and still are very valuable products from the beehive. Honey was the primary sweetening agent during the 12th century and commonly used in mead making. Propolis and royal jelly were used medicinally both topically and…

Grill Honey and Porter Glazed Chicken Kebabs

Last week we celebrated the grand opening of our mead bar on River Street! I had the amazing opportunity to cater the event with honey-based recipes, both old and new. The biggest hit without question was the Grill Honey and Porter Glazed Chicken Kebabs. I probably refilled the platter six times over the course of…

What Is a Bee Smoker?

When people first find out that I’m a beekeeper, I often receive the same question. “How do you keep from getting stung all the time?” This curiosity is valid, as you would expect opening a hive of 60,000 + bees to be tremendously dangerous. Couple that with the fact that 1 out of every 3…

The Many Faces of Wildflower Honey

Wildflower honey is something that I believe everyone has probably seen, but most do not really understand. I am sure that they get the general concept but not the whole incredible wildflower honey picture. Everyone knows that it is honey, produced from the nectar, that the bees have gathered from multiple flower sources or varieties….

Winter White Honey and Christmas in July

Years ago, Savannah Bee introduced our now best-selling Winter White honey. Winter White honey is a whipped or creamed honey variety. This means that we use a large mixer to whip air into the honey which changes the honey’s color and texture. It is 100% pure raw honey, white, smooth, spreadable and absolutely delicious! This honey…

Acacia Honey Dried Apricots

Summertime is here, there’s no doubt about it. When it gets this hot outside, the last thing I want to do is spend my time in a scorching kitchen. So instead of toiling away this week to create a recipe that requires baking, I decided to take the easy road with a no-bake snack. Dried…

News From the Savannah Bee Apiary and Bee Garden

The Savannah Bee, bee garden is crazy right now. Nectar is flowing and our honey bees are super busy. Supers (bee boxes) are stacked high, and overall, I am very pleased with our bee’s current progress. Recently, I have been asked several times when we are going to harvest our bee garden honey. Luckily, we will…