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

Big Drop Brewing Co. World Collab Series (0.5%)

If you’re looking for something a bit more “craft”, then we recommend checking out the latest release from Big Drop and a gang of other UK breweries.

Big Drop teamed up with beer writer Melissa Cole and four UK brewers towards the end of 2019 to produce a limited edition range of 0.5% ABV collaboration brews.

The collaboration saw Fyne Ales from Argyll, SALT from West Yorkshire, Harbour Brewing Co. from Cornwall and Fourpure from London work with Big Drop, developing four fairly innovative styles for the category without use of artificial extraction of alcohol, vacuum distillation or reverse osmosis.

The range includes a Raspberry Gose (Fyne Ales), Black IPA (Fourpure) (Hibiscus Saison (Going Swimmingly) and India Pale Lager (SALT), so there’s something to suit all refined palates.

Some packs are still available, but it is a limited edition run.

How much: £12 for 4 x 440ml cans, or £34.80 for a case of 12 from DryDrinker.

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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