Summer usually brings an abundance of alcohol-fueled parties, events, and festivals. If you’re trying to live alcohol-free, you may already know that there are plenty of festive non-alcoholic drinks to choose from. But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean your drink has to have an umbrella in it. A non-alcoholic beer could really hit the spot.
So what are some tasty, refreshing, non-alcoholic beers? According to various online reviews, these 6 brews are considered the best:
1. Kirin Free
Japanese brewery Kirin uses a yeast-free process to ensure their Kirin Free brand has zero alcohol, in contrast to most non-alcoholic beers that contain trace amounts (up to 0.5% alcohol by volume). With an aroma reminiscent of a typical American pilsner, Kirin Free features a strong malt flavor and subtle hints of hops, which would pair nicely with sushi or grilled fish at a barbecue.
Part of the Heineken family, Buckler is a mellow non-alcoholic brew that tastes very similar to a generic light beer. The flavor isn’t particularly strong, but the crisp, clean flavor makes it an ideal companion for a day lounging at the pool or quenching your thirst after a game of beach volleyball.
3. Nanny State
Doing its best impression of an IPA, Nanny State—made by Scottish brewery BrewDog—uses eight different specialty malts and intense dry-hops. The result is a rich flavor tinged with bitter grapefruit and sweet pineapple for a delightful balance of tastes.
If you like beer on the sweet side, this golden amber brew featuring notes of honey, caramel, and toasted bread might be the ideal non-alcoholic option. In fact, out of the many top-rated non-alcoholic beers, Kaliber comes closest to tasting like “normal beer.”
Germany-based Clausthaler is one of the only breweries in the world that specializes in non-alcoholic beers, so it’s no surprise that its Premium and Golden Amber varieties feature strong, layered flavors that go down smooth. As one reviewer put it, Clausthaler is more of a “football-watching” beer than a “beach beer,” but wherever you drink it, you’ll enjoy (according to another reviewer) an “interesting ride for something that doesn’t get you drunk.”
Another Germany-based non-alcoholic brew, Erdinger Weissbier Alkoholfrei features an appealing yellow-orange color and big white head of foam, with a taste that’s markedly sweeter than its alcoholic original. Still, it has a depth of flavor to strongly compete with other beers in its category, making it a decent alcohol-free alternative to pair with any summer activity.
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If you’re struggling to refrain from drinking, you might have an alcohol addiction. Switching to non-alcoholic beer may not be enough to help you sustain a sober life, but help is available. There are several resources available to help those suffering from alcohol abuse and alcoholism, so please reach out today.