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Big Drop launches the world’s first alcohol-free cask pale ale

Alcohol-free brewer Big Drop has added another string to its bow with the release of Paradiso Citra IPA, the first 0.5% ABV cask pale ale ever made.

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Big Drop founders James Kindred and Rob Fink

Big Drop Brewing Co first made a name for itself in 2016, founded by former City lawyer Rob Fink and school-friend James Kindred.

The alcohol-free brewer now has a whole range of low-ABV offerings, from a lager to brown ale and milk stout.

And Big Drop has set its sight on a new challenge, launching a 0.5% ABV cask pale ale for the first time in history.

Paradiso Citra IPA, which will be vegan friendly and gluten free.

Cask Ales are served without the use of added gas as the carbonation is a natural by-product of the fermenting process. They are also usually intended to be served at a slightly higher temperature than products from kegs.

The brewer is set to present the first alcohol-free cask pale ale to the world at London Craft Beer Festival from 12-13 August.

What is the difference with a cask ale?

Johnny Clayton, Head of Production at Big Drop, commented: “With any beer product a lot depends on the dispense method and how the beer is looked after, this is even more true with cask. We have done our best to ensure it arrives in top condition and with any cask – once it’s broached – get ready to finish it off quickly before it oxidises.”

Neil Walker, Head of Communications at The Society of Independent Brewers, called the new cask ale launch Big Drop’s “boldest and most exciting” venture to date.

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