The honey we use for our honey vodka comes from the local family-run Johnston Honey Farm. The beekeeping tradition began with Walter Leckenby in 1908. He started selling honey off a wagon in the front of his house. When Walter wanted to retire he handed down the business to his . son-in-law Arthur Johnston. From selling out of the front yard to 10,000 hives the Johnston family grew their honey empire. The Colorado Honey Company, established in 2001, came along and now distributes the family honey nation wide. Now Jacy, a 4th generation beekeeper in her family runs the business with her husband and their 3 sons.
The honey is raw and unfiltered- all the natural enzymes, pollen, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals stay intact. It’s KOSHER, not pasteurized, gluten free and fat free.
We take the honey from the Johnston Honey Farm and distill it for our Honey Vodka. There are aromas of lavender, hints of vanilla, floral notes up front and a mid-palate with warm notes of toasted nuts. Our vodka is NON-GMO, GLUTEN FREE, 40% ABV / 80 PROOF.
Beeyond the Hive is more than honey. Go to beeyondthehive.com to buy honey, beauty products, candles, gift boxes and more.
Because of the multitude of floral sources from which the honey originates, no two honeys are exactly alike in flavor, color, and nutritional content.
The complex mix of sugars in honey provides an energy boost, but enters the bloodstream more slowly to provide a lasting source of energy.
A honeybee flaps her wings more than 11,000 times per minute.
In her lifetime, a worker honeybee will make just 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey – it will be good.
Honeybees are social insects, with a marked division of labor between the various types of bees in the colony. A colony includes one queen, 300-3000 male drones, and 50,000-60,000 female workers. The queen bee is the only sexually developed female in the hive. After emerging from her cell, she will mate with approximately 18 drones bees, which will last her entire life span of nearly two years. A productive queen can lay 3,000 eggs in a day. The worker bees collect nectar, feed the queen and larvae, guard the hive entrance, and keep the hive cool by fanning their wings. The drone bees’ sole purpose is the mate with the queen. If there isn’t enough food for the hive they are the first to get the boot out of the hive.
HOW TO HELP THE BEES TODAY:
Honeybees account for 80% of all insect pollination, and without them yields of fruits and vegetables would decrease greatly!
They also pollinate alfalfa which feeds our beef and dairy cows.
There are some ways you help the bees:
- Consider letting part of your yard go back to its roots...Bees love dandelions and clovers!
- Avoid pesticides and herbicides - search of bee friendly natural alternatives.
- Make a garden with native flowers and herbs that bloom at different times of the year if possible. A small pool of water gives them a place to drink and rest as well.
- Buy responsibly. When you can buy honey, fruits and vegetables from local farms. If it's not available, consider organic.
- Get informed and educate others.
The Old Town Spice Shop in Fort Collins, Colorado supplies our juniper berries. In 1985 the Godbey family moved to Colorado. In September 2010 the spice shop idea was created. On December 3rd 2010, 65 days after deciding to start the business, the Old Town Spice Shop opened in fort Collins. Instead of investing in a franchise the Godbey family decided to start their own business, which allows them to partner with the community of northern Colorado.
The juniper berry is actually not a berry, but a modified conifer seed cone. They are unusually fleshy giving them the berry like appearance.
There are multiple species of juniper berries including even some toxic ones.
Juniper has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. In ancient Greece they used juniper berries not only as spices and medicine but they believe it increased physical stamina in athletes so the berries were used in the Olympic games.
Juniper berries were even found in ancient Egypt in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Juniper berries were not known to grow in Egypt so it is believed they came from Greece.
They have been known to have been used as female birth control due to the increased risk of miscarriage attached to consumption of juniper berries.