People had noticed for some time that honey from the Graham Apiary had a rich, interesting color and a stimulating effect that most honeys did not. Their small batches, sold at local farmer’s markets and through artisanal honey distributors, gained serious indie cred and began to quickly sell out.

A minor scandal ensued when a suspicious honey aficionado from Sausalito ran chemical tests on Graham Apiary honey and discovered that it contained caffeine and traces of high-fructose corn syrup. The Grahams insisted that they didn’t add anything to their honey crop, and state inspectors making an on-site visit confirmed that the honey production met all the standards to be called both natural and organic. But in testing fresh batches, caffeine and HFCS were once again detected, much to the confusion of both the inspectors and the Grahams themselves.

Honey production was halted until the mystery could be resolved, and state officials attached RFID tags to a number of Graham Apiary bees to track their activity. Once the data was crunched, the mystery had a quick–if unusual–resolution.

99% of the Graham Apiary worker bees made a beeline to a large structure about a mile away: the Mid-Region Coca-Cola Bottling Plant.

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