Wildflower & Malfroy's Gold Hive: Post Brood

Australian Wild Ale

“Oh, it’s some kind of honey beer or something? Big whoop! Anyone can throw a bloody drum of Capilano into some wort. It’s all sugar anyway, that shit just ferments right out, no worries.”

Well, guess what, imaginary jaded dude I invented to help sell the idea that Hive: Post Brood is way cooler than just a beer with honey in it? It’s not just beer with honey in it – this beautiful golden bounty is some real one-of-a-kind, world first shit.

Post brood honey is produced using as little human intervention as possible. Tim and Emma Malfroy utilise Warré hives which allow the bees to build their own comb from scratch, like they would in a wild hive. All other commercial honey is produced in either re-used frames, plastic cells, or sheets of processed beeswax with embossed cell patterns. This also means that, by the time the Malfroy’s harvest the honeycomb (in this case, three years later), it’s already been used to raise young store pollen as an open honey food source. And, finally, it’s capped as a backup food source. What this means is that the harvested honeycomb not only contains honey that is genuinely surplus to the hive’s need, but also the pollen, propolis, wax and other bits and pieces leftover from its previous uses.

Finally, the Malfroys cold press the honey from the comb, which leaves a big hunk of still honey-laden wax that would usually be washed and melted down for wax. This is where Wildflower comes in. Instead of washing out the remaining honey and melting it down, the honeywax was added to some of Wildflower’s aged Gold Blend and left for a month for the house culture to get stuck in. It was then bottled and naturally conditioned with some extra honey.

The resulting beer is a perfect amalgam of two products, lovingly produced by two family-run businesses trying to produce the highest quality produce using old world techniques and a shitload of care. The beer appears to pour slightly thicker than normal (it is 2 percent ABV stronger) with the honeywax character a prominent first arrival. There’s the classic Gold aromas of lemon peel and creamy oak with an accentuated floral overtone. It’s definitely more beeswax than honey and finishes dry, tart and subtly spicy.

Judd Owen

Published March 6, 2021


11-13 Brompton Street
NSW 2204

Open Hours

Tuesday to Thursday: 10am to 4pm (for takeaway sales only)
Friday & Saturday: 2pm to 6pm


Saturdays: 12pm to 1.30pm. Includes a tour, tasting and barrel samples. $25. Bookings via the website.

Indies 2024 B
WA Beer & Brewing Conference 2024 2

More from Wildflower

Mountain Culture x Wildflower Mirror Image
Rustic Lager
Wildflower Besk Bitter
Australian Wild Ale
Wildflower X Mountain Culture Village 2022
Australian Wild Ale
Wildflower & Mountain Culture Village 2021
Australian Wild Ale
Wildflower & Ravensworth Wines Bright Side Series
Wild Ales
All 6.7%
Wildflower & Balter Dime A Dozen
Fruited Barrel-Aged Lager
Wildflower & Jester King Nothing Fancy
Wild Ale
Wildflower St Henry 2019 – White Peach
Australian Wild Ale with Peaches
Wildflower St Florence 2019 – Black Muscat & Semillon
Australian Wild Ales with grapes
Wildflower St Phoebe 2019
Australian Wild Ale with Raspberries
Wildflower St Thomas 2019
Australian Wild Ale with Cherries
Wildflower Noel 2018
Christmas Ale
Wildflower Waratah 2018
Australian Wild Ale
Wildflower Year Old 'Tah (2017)
Australian Wild Ale
Wildflower Slip Slop Slap
Australian Wild Ale
Wildflower & Mike Bennie Foudre #1
Foudre Beer
Wildflower As It Were
Wildflower Good As Gold Blend #1
Australian Wild Ale
Wildflower Solera – Pull #2
Foudre Beer
Wildflower St Florence 2018: Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir
Fruited Wild Ales