Welsh scientists launch ‘antibacterial’ honey beer

29th November, 2017 by Lucy Shaw

Scientists at Cardiff University have teamed up with Bridgend’s Bang-On Brewery to release a beer infused with Wales’ answer to Manuka honey.

Called ‘Mêl’, the Welsh word for honey, the 4% abv honey beer goes on sale at Bang-On Brewery tomorrow priced at £3.80 a bottle.

Cardiff University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has developed a honey with antibacterial properties akin to New Zealand’s famous Manuka honey.

Manuka honey is produced when bees forage on the Manuka bush – a plant that produces a compound with potent antibacterial properties.

The university’s Pharmbees project sought to create a similar style of honey in Wales by introducing bees to plants with antibacterial properties.

They found that compounds were present in honey made in the garden of a beekeeper from Gwynedd that….

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