As much fun as living the drinking life can be…It’s always a good idea to step away and give your liver a break from time to time.
And the good news is that there are now some very decent non-alcoholic beers you can enjoy when you decide to take a drinking sabbatical.
Non-alcoholic beers or near beer as they are sometimes called, tend to contain some alcohol in the end but usually not more than 0.5% ABV…
The roots of ‘near beers’ can actually traced back to the porridge-like ‘small beers’ that were served as an alternative to the tainted water sources in medieval Europe. And for whatever reasons, we’ve found that the best non-alcoholic beers still come European countries, as well as from Great Britain, and Ireland.
In the states non-alcoholic beers understandably came into their own prohibition era, and they’ve been around ever since.
Disclaimer: Not one of these beers would survive in a blind taste test with ANY traditional beer today…But several are enjoyable in an ‘almost-beer’ kinda way, and remain relatively convincing if you’re not interspersing them with their higher-octane brethren.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Alkoholfrie
Founded in 1040 and considered by many to be the oldest brewery in the world, this unique wheat beer taste was achieved by a method developed in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich-Weihenstephan.
And he success of this beer may be due to a process that actually allows uninterrupted top-fermentation. You see, it’s only after full maturation that the alcohol is carefully withdrawn.
BrewDog Nanny State
Scotland’s renegade brewers BrewDog, who once brewed what was then considered to be the world’s most alcoholic beer (the End of History Ale), have delivered an incredibly flavorful alternative for those not interested in getting buzzed.
Fueled on an abundance of Centennial, Amarillo, Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe hops that are tethered to a sturdy, yet never-overbearing malt backbone, BrewDog Nanny State is a full flavored NA craft beer that gets the job done
Leave to Ireland’s Guinness, who are renowned for their drinkable dry stouts, to have crafted a truly distinctive NA Beer that’s a continuum of what they do so well.
From its deep rich color, to its burnt toffee tones, Guinness Kaliber drinks a bit like a milk stout with absolutely none of the buzz.
We’ve been scrambling to come up with an appropriate American non-alcohol offering, so many of the best come from Europe, and we are after all, American Craft Beer.
And if you intention is to BUY AMERICAN, Coors NA deserves to stand with the best non-alcoholic brews in the world. With its sober attention to the basics, Coors has crafted a straight-forward alternative that legitimately drinks like beer.