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Best non-alcoholic beer of 2019

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Keen to dodge a hangover? Take a look at these low-alcohol and non-alcoholic brews

Review Matt Breen
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 4:03pm

In these health-conscious times, sales of non-alcoholic beer are steadily growing. No longer a clandestine choice at the bar, it’s now enjoyed by teetotallers and drinkers alike. 

One reason is that non-alcoholic beers have become rather good. We’ve put together this list of the best low-alcohol and non-alcoholic beers, from pales ales to porters:

The best low-alcohol beers to buy

1. Adnams Ghost Ship Alcohol Free

Suffolk brewer Adnams works with a clever process of reverse osmosis to make this low-alcohol version of its highly popular Ghost Ship ale. The end result is a light, citrussy and thoroughly tasty pale ale, a little more restrained than the super-hoppy IPAs en vogue right now.

Adnams, amazon.co.uk, £20 for eight

2. Pistonhead Flat Tire

Not to be confused with Pistonhead’s 4.5% lager of the same name. The naming strategy may have been a mistake, but the two beers certainly are extraordinarily similar. While the 0.5% version is a tad sweeter, the sweetness soon gives way to a refreshing citrus edge. Best enjoyed in the garden on a warm, sunny day.

Pistonhead, amazon.co.uk, £23 for 12

3. Big Drop Selection

Berkshire-based Big Drop has a six different types of non-alcoholic beer in its portfolio, including an excellent milk stout and sour. This variety pack containing two bottles of each is an excellent way to find the non-alcoholic style of your choice. 

Big Drop Brewing Co, amazon.co.uk, £30 for 12

4. BrewDog Nanny State

One of the best-known drinks on this list, the 0.5% Nanny State is what BrewDog came up with after being criticised for making too many strong beers. Made from eight different malts and five hops, this is distinctly hoppy ale that still feels like an authentic ‘craft’ beer - despite BrewDog now being an international company worth over £1bn.

BrewDog, amazon.co.uk, £27.98 for 12 

5. Erdinger Alkoholfrei

Bavarian company Erdinger makes an unusual claim for the low-alcohol version of its wheat beer: it also works as an isotonic recovery drink. You’ll certainly find plenty of folic acid and vitamin B12 in each 500ml bottle, along with 26.5g of carbs. More importantly, it’s a great-tasting drink.

Erdinger, amazon.co.uk, £26.45 for 12

6. Old Speckled Hen Low Alcohol

The low-alcohol version of Greene King’s Old Speckled Hen is astonishingly similar in taste to its standard counterpart. This golden-coloured ale is as malty and toffee-like as its packaging suggests - a little out of fashion, but a thirst-quenching choice on a summer’s day.

Morland, amazon.co.uk, £21.95 for 8

The best non-alcoholic beers to buy

1. San Miguel 0,0

Most alcohol-free offerings from major names turned out to be pretty disappointing, but San Miguel is an exception. Its 0,0 beer is light and convincing - one of the strongest offerings from an international brewery out there.

San Miguel, amazon.co.uk, £29.95 for 24

2. Budweiser Prohibition

Budweiser is the sort of light, fizzy lager that works well without alcohol, and the boozeless Bud has the same carbonated bite as the original - along with a sweet maltiness and a hint of banana. A great choice with Indian, Thai or other spicy food.

Budweiser, amazon.co.uk, £25.50 for 24

3. St Peter’s Without

St Peter’s - another Suffolk-based brewery - spent almost £1m on this non-alcoholic beer. It’s delicious - sweet, bitter and complex - with an incredibly low alcohol content, reportedly just 0.009%. There’s more alcohol in the average glass of orange juice.

St Peter’s, amazon.co.uk, £14 for eight

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