‘The Largest Sustainability Initiative in the Spirits Industry’: Bee’s Knees Week 2022 Begins
Skip to main content

Join our newsletter to get daily gin deals sent straight to your email!


More to Enjoy

  • Whiskey Raiders
  • Tequila Raiders
  • Rum Raiders

‘The Largest Sustainability Initiative in the Spirits Industry’: Bee’s Knees Week 2022 Begins

Bee’s Knees week is celebrated from September 23 – October 2. (Photo: Barr Hill/Facebook)

It’s time to celebrate one of gin’s most iconic Prohibition-era cocktails! Bee’s Knees Week runs from Sept. 23 – Oct. 2 and is currently the largest sustainability initiative in the spirits industry.

The initiative was first launched in 2017 by Caledonia Spirits’ Barr Hill and is delightfully easy to participate in. Barr Hill has published the following instructions:

  1. “Enjoy a Bee’s Knees (order at your favorite bar/restaurant or make one at home).”
  2. “Share on your social media with #beeskneesweek and tag Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits.”
  3. “That’s it! We’ll plant 10 sq/ft of new pollinator habitat for every post!”

It really is that simple. With a single Bee’s Knees post on social media, you can help expand the habitat of Earth’s most important pollinators.

Barr Hill has quickly become a favorite among gin lovers since its 2011 inception. Located in Vermont, the brand currently distills two gin expressions: Barr Hill Gin and Barr Hill Tom Cat. To further elevate its spirit, Barr Hill Tom Cat is aged in American oak barrels.

Both gins feature juniper and raw honey as key ingredients. Barr Hill’s insanely impressive list of gin awards can be viewed here and here.

We’ve written a recipe for a Bee’s Knees before, which can be found here. The recipe calls for Empress 1908, but almost any of your favorite gins can be substituted — especially a bottle of Barr Hill.

If you like gin, pollinators, honey-based cocktails and sustainability initiatives, “bee” sure to participate in Bee’s Knees Week starting Friday!

Here at Gin Raiders, we do more than write about current events in gin. We are the only media property reviewing gins and aggregating the scores and reviews of other significant voices in the gin world in one place. If you’re interested in getting a shot of gin in your morning email, sign up for our Deal of the Day newsletter

This post may contain affiliate links, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase through links on our site. This helps support Gin Raiders at no additional cost to you.

Filed Under:

Follow Gin Raiders:

Candie Getgen is the managing editor for Gin Raiders. Before immersing herself in the world of spirits journalism, Candie has been many things: a bartender, a literary journal editor, an English teacher — and even a poet. Now, Candie shares her passion for gin with the world and hopes to help others fall in love with it, too (if they haven't already!). When not writing, Candie enjoys sipping a Negroni while drawing or relaxing by the pool with a campy mystery novel.