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    Beerhives and Booze Bees


    How many know what mead is?
    It was an extremely popular drink for many centuries throughout the world. It’s all but disappeared now.
    But, it appears there is a species of bees that produce something called “bee beer.”
    These are the structures made by the ‘booze bee,’ (Apis mellifera mirabilis) which is a new species of honey bee spreading through the southeastern United States and Caribbean. Beerhives are noteworthy mostly for the unique nature of their honeycombs, which are saturated with ethyl alcohol. About a pound of Beerhive honeycomb can be mixed with a gallon of water to produce an extremely tasty alcoholic beverage called ‘bee-beer’ (it’s even mildly carbonated). Strictly speaking, bee-beer isn’t actually beer, but not many people really care; and the ones that do care don’t really mind. It tastes great and has a nice kick to it, which is the important thing.
    And people who are helping produce it aren’t spreading the word.
    All of this is necessary to understand why all those people in rural areas who make moonshine have now also taken up beekeeping. Bee-beer by itself is worth quite a bit; and since booze bees make excellent pollinators, it can surprisingly difficult for law enforcement officials to get a search warrant in order to disturb “a critical species’ habitat.” That in itself is not a particular issue, but illegal distillers are not the only people who like to do their thing out in the wilderness. Smugglers, ritual killers, apocalyptic cults, demon worshippers: the list of groups up to no good and ready to discourage casual looks by law enforcement is long, and having a few beerhives around is an excellent, plausible explanation for why people are being so furtive, over there in the back forty. Besides, even followers of the Demon-Lord of the Bitter Harvest can appreciate a good glass of bee-beer.

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    Interesting story. Heck I'd be interested in trying mead too. I'm shocked that it isn't being produced with all the craft beers everyone is making.

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    Can a bee get drunk by drinking out of a can of Coors Light?
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