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What is The Better Buzz?

So what is The Better Buzz? Is it true you won't get a hangover if you drink this beverage? Is honey really "bee vomit"? We'll answer all your questions in this Q&A.

What is The Better Buzz?

It's the effervescent feeling you get after drinking one (or two, tree) of our cold, dry, carbonated beverages. No grumpy beer buzz or argumentative vodka buzz here – this joyful buzz nourishes human connection and keeps you feeling great the next day. It reminds you that life, with it's highs, lows, and all the regular life stuff, is pretty darn wonderful, actually.

What is it about this beverage that's different from other alcohols?

It's all about the RAW honey, honey! Full of antioxidants, prebiotics – food that keeps those good bacteria in your gut happy – and enzymes, raw honey is just what the doctor ordered. We use 100% raw honey, unpasteurized and not filtered to death, and keep the honey raw in our brewing process. So you can enjoy all the benefits of raw honey in a crisp, refreshing beverage. Plus, this beverage has relaxing properties while keeping your head clear so you can challenge your lawyer cousin to a game of wits and win.

It is true that you won't get a hangover if you drink this beverage?

Our beverages are made from 100% raw honey, and raw honey itself is a natural hangover cure. But why? Honey contains 21-43% fructose which helps your body process alcohol, and it contains electrolytes like potassium, hydrating you while you drink. Plus the antioxidants found in raw honey decrease inflammation and honey contains prebiotics and enzymes great for digestion.

Unlike other alcohols causing negative effects the following day, even at reasonable levels of consumption, drinking our beverage will surprise you with how good you feel the next day. Let's be real, if drink anything to serious excess, a hangover is waiting for you.

Is honey really "bee vomit"?

No, though that meme was a popular one. While bees do transfer nectar from their honey stomachs (or crop) to their sisters after foraging, there's no vomit involved. The bees use a process called trophallaxis – exchange of food from one animal to another – a la a baby bird being fed by the mama bird.

This is an important part of the magic behind the whole honey making process as the nectar, containing sucrose, fructose, and glucose (plus all the other good stuff from plants) needs to be changed into honey. Enzymes in the bees honey stomachs begin the process of converting sucrose into fructose and glucose, simpler sugars that are easier to digest. Other enzymes, like amylase, break other components of nectar into easily digestible parts, like amylose into glucose.

Once the forager bee arrives back at the Hive, she passes her nectar load to a house bee, and this bee to bee transfer continues for about 20 minutes, infusing the nectar with enzymes before placing the transformed nectar into a cell.

While this is all happening, the OG forager bee is back outside foraging, how's that for industrious!?!

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