Unlike other anti-hangover products that I’ve sampled, PreGame features a pretty hefty addition of caffeine and requests that you take it’s two ounce size shot before you begin drinking as opposed to during or after, hence the name “PreGame”.
Taking PreGame after a two-hour drive (arriving at 10 PM) to my friend’s Illinois farm for a weekend drink-a-thon seemed only natural; after all, “it’s just about my traditional bedtime and I’m just about to get started drinking a bunch of beer” I thought. Beer in hand, I set up my tent under my Jeep’s headlights, got stuff put away, and situated the cooler; all important things to get out of the way when you’re planning on being slammed for the next 40+ hours.
This seemed like the perfect situation to crack open a shot of lemon-lime flavor PreGame to give me the energy to stay up later than normal, drinking with my out-of-town friends, and to prevent a grueling hangover. Like any good beer reviewer, I started by taking a whiff; PreGame smelled like something I’d never otherwise dream of putting in my mouth, but I pushed ahead, wincing as I took the first sip. “Not so bad” I thought after my first swig. But wait! The flood gates open, and PreGame drowns your taste buds with a mirror of the aroma; just plain awful. With almost no resemblance of the lemon-lime flavor touted on the label, it’s full-on vitamin and caffeine taste just screams, “don’t drink me!”
But the question remained, “does it work?”
Lets go ahead and skip through a four-and-a-half hour drinking episode and four measly hours of sleep to when I was woken up from a combination of blazing sun in my eyes and roosters virtually screaming in my ears. It wasn’t long (8 AM) until the drinking began again, and I can, with decent certainty, say that it was because of the vitamins and minerals packed into PreGame, that I was hangover free.
Tired? Sure, that’s to be expected based on my predicament, but hungover? Nope.
So, I can admit that PreGame does it’s job in preventing a hangover as well as providing an energy boost from caffeine but, I’ve gotta say, PreGame is some of the worst tasting stuff that I’ve ever experienced. Without a doubt, if you’re getting ready to go hit the town or, like my friends and I usually do; enjoy a plethora of craft beer, the last thing you’d would want to do is start the night with an awful taste in your mouth that lingers incessantly.
I could only, in good conscience, recommend this anti-hangover energy shot to a friend as a last-ditch effort packaged with a stern caution regarding it’s taste, more than likely followed by an “I told you so” if they complained.
With that said, if you have no regard for your taste buds and are looking to prevent a potential hangover, PreGame is you’re thing, otherwise there are other, fully functional, more palpable hangover cures on the market.