We know not everyone is doing Dryanuary but lots of people are at least trying to be a bit healthier at the moment, and maybe kinder on their wallets, so we thought it would be a good time to run you all through our low and quite low ABV beers. If you are doing Dryanuary but starting to miss the taste of beer, try one of our low alcohol beers, otherwise get into the spirit of Tryanuary and try something you haven't had before!
A quick note on terminology... 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! Also 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 full amount. Just a bit confusing!
Big Drop Pale Ale (0.5%) Big Drop have really made their mark on the low alcohol craft beer market, in no small part thanks to this lovely citrussy pale ale. This has actual lime as well as citrus-dominant hops for a real zesty flavour, and lactose for added body (something to note if you're vegan though).
Brugse Zot Sport (0.4% is the first alcohol-free Belgian speciality beer. It has a very rich and unique taste thanks to a new technique allows them to filter out the alcohol in a natural way without distillation.
Thornbridge Big Easy (0.5%) is the beer to try if you think no alcohol means no flavour. This pale ale is packed with American hops for big flavours of lemon, peach and apricot so you'll forget it's only 0.5%!
Lucky Saint Unfiltered Lager (0.5%) is a new unfiltered lager made with Bavarian barley and Hallertau hops, and fermented and conditioned for 42 days, resulting in a lager full of flavour and body.
QUITE LOW ALCOHOL BEERS (unofficial term)
As well as low alcohol beers (which can't be more than 1.2%), we also though it might be good to talk about some of our quite low alcohol beers too, an arbitrary category we've invented going up to 3.6%.
Schofferhoffer Grapefruit (2.5%) is a quirky one to start with but too tasty not to include. This is a radler mixing Schofferhoffer Hefeweizen with grapefruit drink for a tangy beer with a bit of sweetness that is just so drinkable.
Wiper and True Small Beer (2.7%) really punches above its weight in terms of body, and has vibrant citrus, tropical and berry flavours thanks to a combination of 6 different hops.
Orbit x Boxcar Micro IPA (2.9%) is a low ABV IPA dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic, Enigma and Simcoe, giving tropical fruit and white grape aromas for a super flavourful IPA at a much more manageable ABV.
The Kernel Table Beer (3.0%) is a classic of the genre. It has varying ABVs but the one we have in stock at the moment is 3.0% and gently hopped with Citra for a refreshing oh-so-drinkable beer.
Lervig Magellanic Clouds (3.5%) is one of the most sessionable beers Lervig have ever made! It is hopped with Citra and Idaho 7, giving tropical fruit and pine flavours, and has a delicate body that leaves you craving another sip.
Burnt Mill x Boxcar 10,000 Days (3.6%) another Boxcar collaboration, this time brewed at Burnt Mill. This small pale uses speciality grains and yeast to create a soft body, something often lacking in lower ABV beers, and has Citra, Columbus and Galaxy hops for stone fruit flavours with just a little bit of dankness.
A little round-up of our more sessionable beers there, but don't worry if you're after something stronger - we definitely have you covered for that too!