The 10 best non-alcoholic and low alcohol beers in 2020

Big Drop Brewing Co, Stout (0.5%)

Big Drop Brewing Co, founded in 2016 by City lawyer-turned family man and brewer Rob Fink, is dedicated exclusively to making 0.5% ABV beer, and is one of the brands bringing a “craft” feel to the category. It also secured listings from of its 0.5% ABV pale ale, stout and lager in Tesco stores nationwide, meaning they shouldn’t be too hard to find.

This stout picked up a Gold Medal at the International Beer Challenge and a UK Silver Medal at the World Beer Awards when judged against full-strength stouts and porters. It also won a Gold medal at the US Open Beer Championship., comes with all the flavours you desire in a stout, with notes of coffee, cocoa nibs and a lingering hint of sweet vanilla.

How much: £1.49 per bottle, Holland and Barrett

 

 

4 Responses to “The 10 best non-alcoholic and low alcohol beers in 2020”

  1. Jason Clarke says:

    Our industry needs more clarity and consistency as to what qualifies at ‘alcohol free’ as opposed to ‘no alcohol’ and ‘low alcohol’. Several of these beers are branded as ‘alcohol free’ yet have 0.5%ABV which is 10 times higher than the 0.05% ABV that Drinkaware regards as ‘alcohol free’. From a physiological perspective, the body won’t detect any noticeable ‘alcohol’ effect with either but they are dramatically different in their ABV content.

    What about ‘low alcohol’? The ASA demands a limit of 1.2% ABV to be deemed ‘low’ but most drinkers used to a 4-5.5% beer would regard 1.2% in the same vein at ‘no alcohol’. ‘Low’ and indeed ‘lower’ alcohol needs a much broader bandwidth of ABV to attract the average beer fan to drink more healthily.

  2. Jon Storey says:

    After running the Berlin marathon, Erdinger Alcoholfrei was available for free for all the runners. It was disgusting. I threw most of it down a drain and found a local cafe to have a proper beer. I’m sorry but it just didn’t taste like beer.

  3. dan says:

    Sorry but the Punk AF from Brewdog is the WORST non-alcoholic beer ever made in my opinion!!

    • Disagree, it’s actually very well brewed and is a credit to BrewDog, compliments Punk IPA well when alcohol is out of the question. Da, what would you recommend?
      Störtbecker is a great pilsner, Nanny State is good, and also Brooklyn Brewery has a few good flavours.

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