Non-alcoholic beers used to be celebrated only by minors who, having found a stash of “beer nearby” and not yet smart, would chug can after can in hopes of getting a glimmer of excitement. For the rest of the (legal) beer drinkers, NA big was mostly a big NO.
But then, as a by-product of the craft beer boom, delicious non-alcoholic beers actually emerged from craft breweries (and, eventually, large breweries too).
These new school NA beers deliver flavor but are devoid of the weighty ABV of beers with alcohol. (Remarkable: Not all “non-alcoholic” beers are actually alcohol-free. Some contain up to 0.5 percent ABV, the legal limit for labeling a non-alcoholic beverage.)
And the other The great thing is that non-alcoholic beers used to be limited to a single style ̵
So, yes, right now is a great time to have NA beer – whether it’s sober, curious, cutting calories, trying to get better sleep, or just interested in how these things taste.
Here is an eight-pack of great non-alcoholic beers to start your NA journey with. Why not a six pack? In all honesty, there are just too many great ones to try.
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Think of this as your starter NA beer. You had Heineken. You know how it tastes. Now marvel at how Heineken 0.0 tastes just like regular Heineken. Smart right?
Juicy Mavs Hazy IPA
Surreal Brewing Company
If Heineken 0.0 proves that you don’t need alcohol for a beer to taste like beer, then Juicy Mavs is proof that you don’t need alcohol for a beer to taste. There are hops. There is a little bit of citrus. And the whole can is smooth and shows that beer isn’t just about alcohol.
Upside Dawn Golden Ale
Athletic Brewing Co.
It’s a golden ale, so you can expect a malty, yet crunchy taste. But there is also a gentle hop that helps balance everything out. This is your match for grilled chicken or grilled fish.
One of the OG craft breweries recently released that doozy of a beer. This madman can give hints of the surprise ahead: a little sweetness, a little citrus, and a little pop near lemongrass.
Hellraiser Dark Amber
Wellbeing Brewing Co.
There is a strong malt backbone, but hops make up for the sweetness. Try something as bold as a medium-rare beef burger or flavorful chorizo tacos.
Everything is free
The distilleries of some of the best whiskeys in the world make one of the most refreshing beer-inspired drinks you have ever tried. All-Free is super crispy and lively bubbly.
Smells like campfire, pours supersmoth. This bold stout goes particularly well with chocolate desserts, which help bring out the caramel notes of the brew.
Lagunitas Hop Hoppy Refresher
Okay, well, it’s closer to a seltzer than a beer. But it’s a hopinfused Selters. And it’s amazing anytime, anywhere.
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