This January might be a little different from most but it still seems like a good time to have a look at our low alcohol section for anyone thinking of switching things up a little at the start of the new year. We have possibly our biggest selection ever right now so there's a little something for everyone, and low alcohol beer is just getting better and better!
A little note on low alcohol vs. alcohol-free: in the UK, beer is only allowed to be classified as no alcohol if it contains no more than 0.05% alcohol, so when we say low alcohol it can be anywhere upwards from 0.06% ie. really very low! (NB. In Europe and the US, they can be called alcohol-free under 0.5%). In terms of labelling, breweries tend to stick to the closest 0.5%, but as soon as it has any alcohol (even if it is eg. just 0.06% they have to call it 0.5% rather than 0%, so again just because it says 0.5% doesn't mean it is that much... simple right?
We have quite a few lager options, from the absolutely classic crisp German Rothaus Alkoholfrei Pils to the slightly richer, more helles-style Lucky Saint, which are both unfiltered. We also have a helles-style lager from London-based alcohol-free brewery Nirvana which has been flying off the shelves!
Nirvana also make a lovely hoppy pale ale with Mosaic, or try Lervig's No Worries, which is lightly hopped to make it extra refreshing, and has pineapple and grapefruit versions too! A very exciting new addition to our selection is the Northern Monk Super Stredge IPA, a low alcohol version of the classic Striding Edge with all the same mouthfeel and tropical fruit flavours.
Let us know which are your favourites, and if you try any great ones that we haven't got in stock!