The world of low and alcohol free beer was once very small. In fact, you might have actually struggled to even find something available at any bar, restaurant or pub. But nowadays the world of low and alcohol free beers has changed a lot.
You will find a lot of different low, non-alcoholic and alcohol free beers available these days. Let’s take a look at how these beers started out and what some of the most popular “on tap” low and alcohol free beers are today.
If you have ever tried any low or alcohol free beer in a UK pub then it’s highly likely you have tried Beck’s Blue! It’s not only one of the most popular alcohol free beers in shops and supermarkets but also one of the most commonly found alcohol free beers in the UK pub scene.
In fact, Beck’s Blue was one of the first alcohol free beers to be sold in pubs. And while it might not always have also been strictly on tap the sight of Beck’s Blue beer bottles is still quite common, even today when there is a much larger range available.
Beck’s Blue is brewed in the same manner as its alcoholic option but undergoes a de-alcoholising process. With its golden colour and light, crisp aroma and taste it is a very popular option for people trying to cut down on alcohol. It is also completely fat-free and only 53 calories.
This German non-alcoholic beer might not be quite as popular as Beck’s Blue in the UK but it’s still making a name for itself. For one thing, it is brewed under the strict Bavarian Purity Law which means it is made with only high-quality ingredients.
The non-alcoholic beer has also taken the more unusual approach to make itself a hybrid health drink as well. The beverage offers numerous health-boosting properties that have made it popular with athletes and fitness buffs.
It’s high in both vitamin B9 and B12 and helps stimulate the immune system as well as being very energizing and low in calories. Sweet and malty with a hint of the banana flavour many German beers are known for this beverage is a great choice for your next trip to your local.
BrewDog Nanny State / Punk AF
BrewDog Nanny State is another popular non-alcoholic beer you can find quite commonly in UK pubs. The beer which is also sold in shops is well known for its malty and bitter taste. It’s a pale ale that offers a very distinct flavour and aroma that helps it stand out from the other offerings we’ve looked at.
The beer is also very low in calories as well so again showcases how low and non-alcoholic beer can be more healthy alternatives. Brewdog also offers another low alcohol beer known as Punk AF which is worth mentioning. While it is labelled as a low alcohol beer this beverage is a little more unusual.
BrewDog’s Punk AF offers a tropical aroma with grassy and pine notes. It is made with a juicy fruit blend and a solid malty base. So, yes it’s a little more unusual compared to the more standard flavour of Nanny State but definitely worth trying if you want something a little different.
The rise in popularity of low and non-alcoholic beers in the past few years has seen numerous big-name breweries start manufacturing their own. As you might have guessed these beers are now showing up on tap in numerous establishments and Kaliber is certainly one of the most popular.
Kaliber beer is brewed by Guinness and that alone as already made it quite popular. It might not be the biggest name in the UK currently, but it is actually one of the world’s oldest non-alcoholic beers being launched in 1986!
But what does Kaliber Beer offer in regard to flavour? Being a pale lager Kaliber is quite sweet it’s made with grains, honey, caramel malts, and toasted bread. You’ll also get hints of cooked vegetables and corn. It might seem like an unusual blend but it’s certainly quite popular.
So, that is a look at some of the most popular low and non-alcoholic beers in the UK today! Even with this small sample size, you can see how the market has evolved in just a few years. From new experimental brands to big-name breweries everyone is looking to launch their own low and non-alcoholic beers. So, now is a great time to give them a try.