I'm a long-time mead maker but short-time beekeeper from Boulder County, Colorado. I have 1 top bar hive, and plan to build a second and capture a swarm next year. It's my first year, but, I think, a good one. I have had to harvest honey twice so far to allow some room for my ladies and have gotten about 6 quarts of honey (the first harvest was essentially pure linden/basswood, the second a darker polyfloral). If the hive fills up again by fall I may have to harvest 2-3 more bars. And I've got to learn how to make candles this winter!
I look forward to continuing this lifelong journey of learning from the bees (and fellow beeks like you)!