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Non-Alcoholic Beer, Really?

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

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

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Christmas Beers!

It truly is a wonderful time of year isn’t it, that magical time of transition between seasons when our everyday drinking habits turn from ten different subgenres of craft IPA’s to ten different subgenres of dark beers, and the booziest, spiciest, most satisfying of these raisin and chocolate inspired creations are christmas beers (or at least beers that are best drunk at christmas).

So what do the elves, or at least a grumpy looking three, not so wise looking, men surrounded by sheds, have in store for you this year to keep you warm in front of the “fireplace 4K” on netflix? (it’s real, seriously, go check.)

 

Moor – Old freddy walker.

If you’ve never been equated with bristols very own old ale then you are missing out, rich and viscous this tastes like christmas pudding, raisins and just a hint of cocoa this beast of a beer will warm your insides in the most pleasant of ways.

Wiper and True – Plum pudding porter

A cheeky fruit number from Wiper and True, how do they describe it? “Onto the deep, dark malt base we’ve added dried fruit, cinnamon and lemon zest. The resulting brew combines caramelised sugar and dark fruit flavours with a toasted finish.” and they’re not wrong, fruity and rich it reminds you that you do, actually, really enjoy dark beers.

Delirium Noel

Coming in at a punchy 10% ABV this spiced versions of delirium Noel is a lovely example of the belgian style of christmas beers, Slightly sweeter with notes of candied orange, caramel, malt and spiced fruits this world-famous beer is sure to have you singing carols eventually, whether you want to or not.

And now for something completely different

Tiny Rebel – You Snows It

A beer that is, apparently, as crisp and fresh as the first snow on christmas morning. Brewed in collaboration with goldie lookin chain this beer is that tropical fruit forward beer that is sessionable enough to get you through the office christmas party. Or according to them an “easy drinking beer with lots of aroma and just a little bit of bitterness. Just like that uncle that always seems to ruin your Christmas dinner.” – classy.

So there we have it, a lovely selection of beers to keep you fuzzy on the long cold nights, but don’t despair if you didn’t see your favorite here, we will be stocking the likes of To-Ol – Santastique, St. Bernadus – Noel, Lervig – Christmas Shake and Kees – Bourbon barrel aged caramel fudge stout, and we constantly rotate our selection so there will be plenty to keep you entertained.

 

Written by @thatboozeguy for @indiespiritbath