Brewer Claims to Have Created an Alcoholic Beer That Doesn’t Give You Hangover

Dutch beer maker De Prael Brewery claims to have discovered the holy grail of alcoholic drinks – a pilsner-style brew laced with ingredients that greatly reduce the chances of next-day hangover and leave drinkers feeling fresh.

Thomas Gesink, the owner of Amsterdam-based De Prael Brewery, says he came up with the formula for his revolutionary beer after being challenged to create an alcoholic brew that would allow consumer to go to work the morning after without having to deal with the symptoms of hangover. So he and his team of brewers started researching what ingredients they would need to add to achieve their goal, while making sure that they didn’t affect the taste of the beer.

While the exact recipe for this 4.5%-alcohol hangover-free beer remains a closely-guarded secret, Gesink revealed that the main wonder ingredient is vitamin B12, which prevents headaches. “It is actually the only vitamin which can be dissolved in water, and that is why you can brew with it,” he said. The unique beer also contains sea salt to prevent dehydration, ginger and willow fibers, which are known to have a cleansing effect on the body.

Pic shows: Customers tasting the beer;nnA Dutch beer maker claims to have discovered the holy grail of brewing - beer that does not leave a hangover the next day.nnThe formula for the miracle beer which gets people drunk but does not leave them paying the price afterwards is a closely guarded secret, however some of the ingredients have been made public.nnBut what is known is that the De Prael brewery, located in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, came up with the formula for the hangover-free beer after being challenged to create a tipple that reduced the effect of the hangover the next day.nnBrewer Thomas Gesink said: "It is a pilsner-style beer with 4.5 percent alcohol, but we researched what we needed to add to make for a lighter hangover the next day."nnAnd they were delighted with the results. One of the extra ingredients added was vitamin B12, which is also found in paracetamol.nnGesink said: "It is actually the only vitamin which can be dissolved in water, and that is why you can brew with it."nnOther ingredients are willow fibres for a cleansing effect, ginger against sickness, and sea salts to keep the body from dehydrating. Yet the beer is said not to be salty at all, and all the extra ingredients add only the lightest of tastes to the beer drinking experience.nnCustomers who tasted the beer at the pub in the Amsterdam brewery were pleasantly surprised.nnOne customer said while tasting: "It is malty, delicious. Different than a normal lager beer. It has much more character."nnGesink said: "It works like a charm. But of course it would not work with vast amounts, it still contains alcohol."nnHe said that after four or five beers, a person would still be left feeling fresh in the morning.nnThe bad news is that so far the beer is only for sale at the De Prael brewery, where it is available from draft. Those who fancy a tipple might need to be quick, as "people do drink a lot of it" according to the brewers.

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But despite all these extra ingredients De Prael claims that the beer still retains its authentic taste, and customers seem to agree. “It is malty, delicious. Different from a normal larger beer – it has much more character,” one person said.

Gesink claims that the beer “works like a charm” but only if it is consumed responsibly. A person will still be feeling fresh and clear-headed in the morning after drinking four or five pints of it, but any more would be less effective. “Of course it would not work with vast amounts, it still contains alcohol,” he said.


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It sounds a bit too good to be true, and some experts are convinced that the hangover-free beer is nothing more than marketing scheme. Dr. Joris Verster, an associate professor at the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Netherlands and the head of the Alcohol Hangover Research Group, is one of them. “This is of course a marketing trick, there is no scientific evidence that any of the ingredients prevents or reduces alcohol hangover,” he said. “The only beer that successfully prevents hangovers is already available in all stores: alcohol-free beer.”

Unfortunately, if you were planning to give this special brew a try for yourself, you should know that is is currently only available at the De Prael brewery, in Amsterdam. The good news is that if it fails to prevent hangover, you’ll be able to stop by the world’s first Hangover Bar, where a comfy bed, oxygen on tap and vitamin cocktails will help you get back in shape in no time.

Mijn Amsterdam van Jacqueline Grandjean. Brouwerij de Prael. Amsterdam 07-04-2016

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Sources: The Mirror, Eater

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