Looking for some great tasting drinks without the alcohol? Maybe you are planning on Dry January this year. Well it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to miss out. Non-alcohol beers and even ‘spirits’ have come a long way in a short space of time, both in terms of quality and availability.
Let’s have a look at some of the best options available now.
Firstly, on the beer side. with greater demand and technological improvements, the quality and flavour of non-alcoholic beers is certainly improving. One recent addition to the ranks of non-alcohol beers is bound to shake things up. further. Carlsberg 0.0 is brewed with barley malt, hops and water just as ‘regular’ Carlsberg. Yeast is added to start the fermentation and after brewing the alcohol is gently removed. The beer is then filtered, developing a taste like the original Carlsberg with a smooth malty body with a crisp and refreshing pilsner style bitterness.
There’s now also a growing range of non-alcoholic craft beers to try. If your tastes tend toward the hoppier end, we also have some great options. Irish brewers Wicklow Wolf have not one but three different non-alcoholic beers in the works. Moonlight is a juicy hoppy ale with bright citrus aromas and a clean fruity finish. Two new additions are expected in the coming weeks; Starlight and Limelight pump up the fruit content with added grapefruit and lime respectively.
Cider drinkers haven’t been left out in the cold either. After much research and development Ireland's biggest cider brand has recently released a non-alcoholic version with Bulmers 0.0%. Another great option comes from Stonewell in Co. Cork who have fermented a traditional alcoholic cider before using reverse osmosis to remove the alcohol, thereby retaining a lot of the character of the cider without the alcohol.
Not a beer or cider fan, well gin has also gotten the non-alcoholic treatment. The newest entry to the Irish market, Ceder’s Crisp, is a distilled non-alcoholic gin made with classic gin and exotic South African botanicals from the Cederberg Mountains. Expect a classic juniper and citrus profile combined with cucumber and calming camomile.