What's It Like?
Held on the grounds of The Southwest Conservation Club 5703 Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819. > Map Directions Surrounded by a developing prairie and the preserved grounds, Bees and Brew is held outside under our elegantly lighted science tent, 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, And Hands-on Activities!
- DIY Beeswax Crafts!
- Honey beer and wine tasting!
- A chance to visit and tour a live apiary!
- See an observation hive up close!
- Learn more about the honey bee through our interactive presentation!
- Learn about how you can help the honey bees and their pollination efforts!
Bees and 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 and Brew evening is to open the minds of our adult students with a fun and interactive experience that brings them outdoors and connects them with the natural environment all while relaxing with friends and enjoying a glass of wine. 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 bi-products of a beehive, such as beeswax.
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.
What Should I Wear?
- Appropriate clothing for the outdoors
- If you will be visiting the apiary, please wear closed toed shoes
- We recommend long pants
What Should I Bring?
- Please bring your photo ID (we will be unable to serve alcohol to anyone without a valid ID)
- An open mind, ready to learn and have fun!
- Your signed waiver
- We will be working with beeswax, honey, and bees- if you are allergic to any of these, please bring an epi-pen with you
Can I Buy Honey?
- There will be honey available for purchase
- 12.6 oz. bottles are $10.00
Can I Buy Additional Alcohol?
- No, there will be a 2 drink limit for each guest.
When Should I Arrive?
- We ask that you arrive approximately 10 minutes before Bees and Brew begins. This will allow for check-in time and registration.
- There will be restroom facilities available, but they are an ample walk from the science tent. Please arrive a bit early if you will need to stop at the clubhouse to use the facilities before Bees and Brew begins.
What Happens If There Is Inclement Weather?
- We will cross our fingers that this does not happen, but as we operate outdoors, inclement weather is a possibility. Before and throughout the duration of Bees and Brew, our educators will be monitoring the weather and other factors that may cause the event to be cancelled. In any such case, each registrant will be emailed and retain southwesthoney.com online credit or have fees returned.
Can Someone Under The Age Of 21 Attend Bees And Brew?
- Sorry! This is a 21+ event only. Anyone under the age of 21 is unable to attend.
Does I Need A Signed Waiver?
- Yes! Each participant must have a signed waiver in order to participate in our program
How Long Will Bees And Brew Last?
- We wish we had all the time in the world but… Bees And Brew will last approximately 120 minutes
When Should I Pay For My Tickets?
- We ask that you pay online at the time of registration.
- Unfortunately, we cannot accept walk-up registrations.
What Happens If I Need To Cancel?
- Please contact us via phone Megan (260)-609-2897 or email email@example.com
- We ask for a 2 week notice prior to the scheduled event in order to guarantee a full refund.
Why Is Education About Honey Bees And Pollinators So Important?
- Honey bees are declining at an alarming rate- if this issue is left unaddressed, it could drastically change our world’s ecosystem, agriculture, and food production.
- Honey bees and other pollinators may be small, but they are mighty- we have a honey bee to thank for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat! Education is the key! The more people who become aware of ways they can help pollinators, the better off our environment will be.
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Where Does The Event Take Place?
- Bees and Brew takes place at the beautiful Southwest Conservation Club – 5703 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809 (View Map). The grounds are home to a plethora of natural wildlife and lovely scenery.
- You will find us under the science tent (you will see this to the left upon entering the Southwest Conservation Club property). The tent is blue and white.
- Please park in the main parking lot. There is a short walk over to the event tent.
Whom Do I Contact If I Have Questions?
We have two on-site experienced educators and knowledgeable volunteers who will be helping make the evening a fun experience! Before and throughout the duration of the class, our educators will be monitoring the weather and other factors that may cause the event to be cancelled. In any such case, each registrant will be emailed and retain southwesthoney.com online credit or have fees returned.
Bees and Brew will be held outside, as such there is an inherent risk associated with any outdoor activity.
As a part of our event, we require all participants to complete our liability waiver. > Click For Sample Please complete the waiver and bring it with you on the day of the event.
- Cold water will be kept on-site, especially for hot days.
- We will have a sealed & locked observation hive containing live bees as a part of our evening.
- The experience includes an optional tour of the apiaries and a chance to see into the hives.
- Unpasteurized honey will be tasted by participants. Please be aware if you have any honey allergies.
- At least one on-site educator is CPR certified by the American Heart Association and First Aid certified.
- At least one on-sire educator is “Child Safety Certified” through Purdue Extension
- Although alcohol is paired with relaxation and our event, unruly guests, as a result of alcohol consumption, will be escorted from the property immediately.
Bees and Brew is designed to be safe so our participants have a fantastic experience! If you have any concerns about safety, please feel free to contact our lead educator and event coordinator, Megan Ryan (260) 609-2897.
If you are registering 20 or more guests for one of the Bees and Brew event dates, we can offer special pricing to your group!
Bees and Brew is a great way to gather with a group of friends, neighbors, or family for a night out. This is a unique opportunity that you won’t find anywhere else in town! What a cool way to celebrate your best friend’s birthday! How about a mini reunion with old friends or family? Everything will be taken care of, you can just show up and enjoy the evening. You will leave with a hand made beeswax craft, a tasting of honey wine and beer, and the chance of a life-time to visit a live honey bee apiary!
Hurry, our group bookings are beginning to fill up for the summer. Please contact our lead educator Megan Ryan (260) 609-2897 for more details and pricing.