Hall buzzes as hive arrives

Delavals Brewery director Dave Gilfillan and house assistant Mel Clarke with the new Honey Beer which will be launching this weekend at Washington Old Hall.
Delavals Brewery director Dave Gilfillan and house assistant Mel Clarke with the new Honey Beer which will be launching this weekend at Washington Old Hall.
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BUSY bees who will be working hard to make a new drink have arrived at a Wearside heritage site.

A new hive has been delivered to Washington Old Hall as the famous site prepares to release its own beer.

The bees which helped produce Washington Old Hall Honey Beer died during last winter’s cold snap.

The drink, which is based on a recipe penned by U.S. president George Washington in the 1750s, will cost £3 per bottle.

Money raised from sales will go towards the upkeep of the National Trust-run property.

This Sunday, tastings of the new tipple are being offered at a special flag-raising ceremony at the hall, the day before American Independence Day, from 2pm to 4pm.

Food made with honey will be available to eat and bee-related children’s games are also set to take place.