Held on the grounds of Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. > Map Directions Surrounded by the beautiful gardens, Bees and Brew is held inside and outside the Conservatory, which creates the perfect environment for you to be immersed with the natural surroundings while having a relaxing evening all without traveling too far from home.
Fun, Relaxing & Unique Hands-on Activities!
- Sip honey wine or a unique honey beer, brewed locally by Hoppy Gnome out of your own Southwest Honey Co. glass. (take glass as a souvenir)
- Try honey based hors d’oeuvres.
- Suit up for a personalized beekeeping experience with live beehives.
- Go on a unique tour of the Botanical Conservatory’s gardens.
- Sample raw local honey.
- Make DIY beeswax candles (to take home & enjoy).
- Q & A with beekeepers.
- View painted hives and Meet & Greet the six local artists who volunteered their creative talents to each paint a beehive in support of the cause.
- Learn more about the honey bee through our fun & interactive presentation!
- Learn about how you can help the honey bees and other pollinators!
Bees & Brew has been designed by our on-staff educator Megan Ryan, who has her Master’s Degree in Education and a passion for pollinators. This evening comes complete with experienced educators and knowledgeable volunteers which allows each guest to have an intimate, fun and enjoyable evening.
Educational Impact & Partners Of Our Program
The overall mission of the ‘Bees & Brew’ evening is to open the minds of adults in the community with a fun and interactive experience that connects them with the natural environment all while relaxing with friends and enjoying a honey-based adult beverage. Ideas we will explore include the intricacies of the beehive, the role of pollinators in our ecosystem, and the importance of conservation minded thinking and living, as well as the benefits of the byproducts of a beehive, such as beeswax.
Proceeds go towards supporting our mission of creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, promoting awareness of their population decline and educating the public on ways they can help through pollinator education programs in the community. Since Southwest Honey Co. began their efforts just two years ago, we’ve personally touched the lives of over 1,600 children and adults through our unique educational programs, and currently care for 50 hives in sustainable areas including organic farms and naturally preserved properties around Fort Wayne.
Our program and your experience has been brought to life with the assistance of SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education), Betterbee, Wheeler’s Bees (Ossian, IN), ACRES Land Trust, organic farms, and other local, regional and national organizations. We are members of the American Beekeeping Federation, Beekeepers of Indiana Association and Northeastern Indiana Beekeepers Association. Our partnership with all of these organizations includes sharing information and ideas for educating the public to help pollinators.