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Outdoor Event To Benefit Bees

Bees & Brew Beehive Suit-up

Photo credit: Provided by: Southwest Honey Company

Bees & Brew Beehive Suit-up
Written by: Mikaela ConleyMay 04, 2017

Southwest Honey Company plans to raise a glass to the bees this summer with Bees and Brew, an outdoor event that aims to raise awareness about bees.

However, “It is really more of a relaxing social event,” said Alex Cornwell, organization manager and co-lead beekeeper.

Cornwell said Bees and Brew would be a fun alternative to date night or an outing with friends.

Participants will have the opportunity to sample different foods and drinks made with honey, make wax candles and see the bees up close. Tickets include a take-home candle, a sample of raw honey, two glasses of honey wine or beer, light hor d’oeuvres and a tour of the apiary.

Tickets are currently on sale for June 9 and July 14. Tickets for Aug. 11 and Sept. 8 will be on sale sometime in May or June. There is a maximum of 30 participants per event. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Southwest Honey started its educational series in 2016 and had over 600 participants in its programs, which Cornwell said surprised him because environmental causes can sometimes be hard to get off the ground. The company hosts events for children, adults and seniors. It also works with libraries and 4-H programs to teach children about honeybees.

Bees and Brew attendees can expect to learn about what bees do in terms of pollination, how it affects people, and what they can do to help, without necessarily being a beekeeper, Cornwell said.

Bees and Brew will be held at the Southwest Conservation Club, 5703 Bluffton Road. The Conservation Club is a 37-acre property that has hives year-round. Cornwell said Southwest Honey partners with the local Boy Scouts to maintain the hives.

In addition to research and awareness, Southwest Honey also sells local honey products online and at select areas in Fort Wayne such as the Cathedral Bookstore and Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.

Tickets to Bees and Brew are $35 and can be purchased at southwesthoney.com.