Dry January, It’s a thing now, a full month of not drinking for those of us who have over indulged during the festive season, driven by the urge to get healthy during a slow and monotonous month. It’s crap isn’t it.
But thankfully the recent rise in craft beer has meant that for those of us who actually enjoy beer, no and low alcohol beers can actually taste, well, good. Long gone are the days of sitting in the pub staring sadly at a Kalaber wondering what life has come to if even the pleasure of taste has been taken away.
- It’s worth noting at this point that some countries count 0.5% or lower as a non-alcoholic beer, we, being the practical and sensible people that we are, do not, but (and yes i did the maths) each 330ml bottle of 0.5% beer contains a maximum of 0.165 of a unit. Meaning you would need to drink 17 bottles to hit the same amount of alcohol in one pint of 5% beer, which is neither a challenge nor an achievement.
So, what are these fabled beverages of joy?
Big Drop are a brewery which exclusively produces super low ABV beers, and by low we mean 0.5% or lower, these aren’t the alcohol / flavor / enjoyment removed beers of the past, these are brewed specifically this low, and at no detriment to the beers themselves. With heavy involvement of Johnny Clayton previously of wild beer fame they are most definitely a treat.
With a current range of four beers including a stout and pale, both of which won awards at the world beer awards 2017, they are worth having a look at, even if you’re still on the booze.
The ever infamous craft beer producer Mikkeller have also seen room for improvement with their current offerings:
ENERGIBAJER which is an alcohol free wheat ale, notes of peaches and apricots with a slightly herbal edge and coming in at 0% you really can’t complain
Not to be let out of the super low category to Drink’in in the sun comes in at a whopping 0.3% and has lemony, herbal notes and a nice floral edge.
But what about when you you’ve finally had enough and it’s time to dive from the proverbial wagon, is it the best idea to go for that 9% DDH NEDIPA hop monstrosity? Probably worth working back up to.
Keeping with the theme of Mikkeller Drink’in Berliner Passion is fruity, tart, citrusy and, most importantly for us 2.7%. Cracking.
Or how about Moor’s 3.5% dead punk all dayer, Tropical, fruity, Juicy and made in the centre of bristol. Local is, afterall, king.
So there we have it,just a snapshot of the world of no / low alcohol beers, full of flavour and fun, makes you wonder what all that dry january fuss was about in the first place right?
Written by That Booze Guy