Beekeeper’s Secret- a Story of Cross Pollination.


What do you get when you cross twin beekeepers, a Rochester NY brewery owner and a soon to be fellowship trained neurologist?'s a secret- but here are some of the clues. 


In early 2021 when people were still so afraid of coming out of their homes and there were not enough customers to employ so many business owners had a choice.  Do it yourself or fold.  Tim did most of the bartending, entertaining, keg cleaning or whatever to make ends meet and to make a long story short, he met some really cool people along the way and that is what this business is all about.  Check it out.


Dustin Smyth

Dustin Smyth (above)- soon to be fellowship trained Neurologist from URMC who was literally a homebrewing fermentation fanatic, showed up on one chilly Saturday.   Tim and Dustin hit it off and spoke for at least 6 hours that day while Tim tended bar.  

Dustin was super convinced that FBC should make hard cider and mead but Tim had never made either but was curious, so Dustin ran home to get some samples to share.  After a few drinks Tim was convinced Dustin was right!  We needed to look into this.  

They set a date to homebrew a couple pilot batch’s.  (The business side of Tim was thinking to himself that starting another line during Covid probably wasn’t a good idea but he's heard those words before and if he believed them the world would be without Timbucha Kombucha and the Old Goat!  It would be a very sad world. 

Jason and Jacob

It's a secret! Jacob and Jason working their magic. 

Enter the Crown Jewel and Fluffy loving Jacob and Jason Wyland-  (Twins)  They fought forest fires on the west coast for years, moved back to Rochester to hopefully get a job with the Rochester Fire Department and are currently in nursing school.  One night while on the subject of what do you want to be when you grow up, the guys said they were also beekeepers and if they could do anything for the rest of their lives they would be beekeepers.  You can’t hide passion and they were so passionate.  

Tim introduced them to Dustin and the rest is history.  Within days the group was homebrewing mead and cider and the results were absolutley.... amazing.  Jacob and Jason were hired on as bartenders and now are running the FBC mead program.  

Why Beekeeper’s Secret?

One night the guys were experimenting, and a couple friends asked what they were doing.  Tim turned to them, put his finger over his lips and said, “shhhhh.... beekeeper’s secret”.   Truth was, no one really knew what they were doing but the response was perfect.  

The Rest of the Story

We submitted our applications for the State and the Federal Gov’t  and we were off to the races.  The homebrew continued, we hired Mason Marketing to knock out our label.  While we wait until we get all the green lights today is 10/10/21 and we have approval from the state but waiting on the Feds.   On 10/21/2021 we got the green light.  We are now New York States newest Meadery!   

The Cool-Factor in Mead, for Us

Obviously making a beverage that has been around since the Vikings is pretty damn cool, but we think as one of NYS's very first Farm Brewery's we are sincerely connected to our environment, and we are connected to our farmers who farm it, and now we are connected directly to nature.  There is so much to learn about our new buzzing buddies and knowing that they work tirelessly to help us make an amazing beverage just as long as we treat them with respect and try to help them do what they were put on earth to do.  Pollinate. 

Mead Flavors

  • Honey Comb: Semi-sweet mead. Fermented raw wildflower honey produces a full-body mead balanced with just the right amount of sweetness and acidity, complete with an aroma of sweet esters straight from the honey comb.
  • Cherry Berry Mead- Semi dry mead.  The perfect complement to the wild flower honey base, a body of tart cherry and bold black raspberry is followed with a subtle blueberry finish.

Mead Bottle Exchange Program

To encourage our customers to be environmentally friendly we ask them to bring their empty 375 or 750ml bottles back to either of our locations or a $4 savings on their next mead purchase.   

Hard Apple Cider 

We call it Dr. D’s Hard Honey Cider.   We use different batches of apple for each batch so come and enjoy

Whether you’re stocking up for a gathering at home or sharing a pint with friends here at either of our tap rooms, you’ll have the assurance of knowing that the beer you’re enjoying was made close to home by aficionados who share your passion.

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