Best Non-Alcoholic Beer Options

Best Non-Alcoholic Beer Options

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ENJOY YOURSELF WITH NON-ALCOHOLIC BEER 

Everyone has been there. You’re at a party when someone offers you a drink, but you just don’t feel like drinking. Maybe you have to get up early tomorrow, or maybe you just need a break from alcohol.

If you still want the taste of beer without feeling the effects of alcohol, you may want to try a non-alcoholic beer. But where do you even start? Keep reading to find out what non-alcoholic beer is and some of the best options on the market.

What Is Non-Alcoholic Beer?

Non-alcoholic beer, or alcohol-free beer, is a type of beer that has less than or equal to half a percent of alcohol by volume. They seem to have originated in medieval times as an alternative to water.

Back then, clean water was scarce, and there were few reliable methods of purification, but alcohol could kill the bacteria and make beverages drinkable. In this way, beers with low alcohol content could provide hydration with less risk from water-borne diseases.

In the United States, low-alcohol beers came to prominence during prohibition. In 1919, the Volstead Act made it illegal to sell or consume beverages with an alcohol content of more than half a percent.

In the last few decades, the popularity of non-alcoholic beers has continued to rise among craft breweries. These brewers are always looking to expand their demographic to include people who don’t want to drink a lot of alcohol.

Despite having a lower alcohol content, non-alcoholic beers are made with exactly the same process as normal beer with one additional step. Most of the alcohol is boiled off before the beer is carbonated.

This can be done by either heating the beer to alcohol’s boiling point or decreasing the pressure.

Some of the Best Non-Alcoholic Beers

It can be difficult to try to choose which non-alcoholic beer in Kentucky is the best, and ultimately, it will depend on the type of flavor you’re looking for in a beer.

Whether you like stouts and porters or IPAs, there is likely a non-alcoholic alternative for you. Here are some of the best.

lagunitas ipna

Lagunitas IPNA

Lagunitas is well-known for its IPA, but the brewers there recently released a new version with much lower alcohol content. They’ve called it the IPNA even though that doesn’t really make sense as an acronym.

If you’re looking for a hoppy beer, especially West coast hops, look no further. It combines Lagunitas’s love for hops with the low alcohol content of a non-alcoholic beer.

You can purchase these ingredients and more online from Cox’s Louisville to have them hand-delivered through our ongoing partnership with Drizly.com

Weihenstephaner

Weihenstephaner

If you’re not looking for an IPA, but you enjoy wheat beers, Weihenstephaner’s non-alcoholic option may be the right choice for you. This is a German beer in the style of a traditional hefeweizen.

It is brewed according to the German purity law which restricts the ingredients that can go into making a beer. Typical of the hefeweizen style, it has subtle flavors of banana and clove.

You can purchase these ingredients and more online from Cox’s Louisville to have them hand-delivered through our ongoing partnership with Drizly.com

Brewdog Nanny State

Brewdog Nanny State

Widely known for their competition to brew the strongest beer ever made, this beer shows that the Scottish brewery can also brew on the low alcohol end of the spectrum.

Nanny State is loaded with hops which makes it another ideal choice for someone who prefers IPAs.

You can purchase these ingredients and more online from Cox’s Louisville to have them hand-delivered through our ongoing partnership with Drizly.com

Mikkeller

Mikkeller

The Danish nomadic brewery Mikkeller is known for its feud with Evil Twin, but what most people don’t know is that they’ve released a couple of non-alcoholic beers.

Drink’in the Sun is a wheat ale that comes in at only 0.3% alcohol by volume.

In contrast, Drink’in the Snow is a winter warmer style with the same ABV. Winter warmers tend to be on the malty side but can sometimes include the spices that are familiar around the holidays.

You can purchase these ingredients and more online from Cox’s Louisville to have them hand-delivered through our ongoing partnership with Drizly.com

Sam Adams – ‘Just the Haze’

Sam Adams – ‘Just the Haze’

A good beer always hits the spot, and while you may not want the buzz of a strong IPA, you can always enjoy the refreshing feeling of a nice cold beer. The Sam Adams – ‘Just the Haze’ is a world-class IPA for beer lovers that just happens to be non-alcoholic. This tasty beverage has its alcohol removed through a slow and gentle process, saving all the flavor for you with none of the effects. Rotate in this hazy, hoppy non-alcoholic IPA to your drinking sessions and get more out of your days, your nights, and every cheers in between.

You can purchase these ingredients and more online from Cox’s Louisville to have them hand-delivered through our ongoing partnership with Drizly.com

Heineken 0.0

Heineken 0.0

Heineken® 0.0 boasts a perfectly balanced taste with refreshing fruity notes and soft malty body. While removing alcohol from regular 5% Heineken® would have been an easy solution to non-alcoholic beers, Heineken believes that such a basic solution wouldn’t have delivered a great tasting alcohol-free malt beverage.

In hopes of pushing the boundaries to create the best tasting non-alcoholic beer on the market, Heineken gave their Master Brewers a blank sheet of paper and challenged them to brew a perfectly balanced alcohol-free malt beverage from scratch. What resulted was a fresh take on the newest non-alcoholic beverage, made with top ingredients and a special process to protect the distinct European flavor of the beer.

You can purchase these ingredients and more online from Cox’s Louisville to have them hand-delivered through our ongoing partnership with Drizly.com

budweiser zero

Budweiser Zero

For a healthier take on non-alcoholic beer, Budweiser has developed a zero-alcohol and zero -sugar drink that is perfect for a day out on the lake or tailgating your favorite team. Without sacrificing the iconic taste of the recognizable Budweiser brand, Anheuser-Busch has recently entered the zero alcohol beer market and is looking to capitalize on the rising popularity of the healthier alcoholic alternatives evidenced by the rise of low-calorie spiked seltzers and light beers.

In addition to the new product’s launch, Bud Zero is getting a helping hand from entrepreneur and retired NBA player Dwyane Wade, who helped create the product’s taste and packaging. His endorsement and partnership aligns with his hopes that the zero-alcohol and zero-sugar drink not only attracts athletes and people who are focused on their health, but also beer fans who are looking to be responsible in social settings.

You can purchase these ingredients and more online from Cox’s Louisville to have them hand-delivered through our ongoing partnership with Drizly.com

Right for You?

Now that you know what non-alcoholic beer is and some of the best options for it, feel free to visit one of our many locations in the Louisville area to find out if it is right for you.

Even if you prefer the taste of liquor to beer, there is an option for you. Spiritless is a local distillery that specializes in non-alcoholic spirits. Their flagship product, Kentucky 74, is good for use in bourbon cocktails.

You can purchase these ingredients and more online from Cox’s Louisville to have them hand-delivered through our ongoing partnership with Drizly.com