The vanguards of the low-abv space | Big Drop Brewing Co

The vanguards of the low-abv space

Big Drop Brewing Co. is dedicated exclusively to making the finest 0.5% ABV beer.

Headquartered in Suffolk, Big Drop was launched in October 2016 by the-then City lawyer Rob Fink, along with his school-friend/band-mate and kindred spirit, James Kindred.

The idea for a brewing business that only made alcohol-free beer was conceived by their own lifestyle changes (eg fatherhood) and born out of the frustration of there being no decent tasting low alcohol craft beer available to quench their thirst.

Along with renowned experimental brewer, Johnny Clayton (formerly of Wild Beer), they’ve perfected techniques to make alcohol-free craft beer without the need for artificial removal of alcohol. The result doesn’t compromise on taste and yet is no more than 0.5% ABV.

Big Drop doesn’t just use barley. It uses barley, rye, wheat and oats. And it doesn’t use just one type of each. Across its beers, it uses over 20 speciality grains. And then it uses lactose which boosts the mouthfeel and avoids the watery texture that blights many alcohol-free beers. Its range of seven beers, which it contract brews in batches through a panel of expert brewing partners, includes: Stout, Lager, Pale Ale, Citrus IPA, Brown Ale, Winter Ale and a Sour.

History

April 2016

Founder, Rob Fink, identifies a lack of choice in low/no alcohol beer. Further research reveals a gap in the market for a craft brewery dedicated solely to the production of great quality, full-flavoured low alcohol beer

August 2016

Rob Fink and James Kindred, establish Big Drop Brewing Co.

September 2016

Johnny Clayton, former brewer at Wild Beer and one of the finest experimental brewers in the business embraces the Big Drop challenge

November 2016

A Milk Stout is released to rave reviews

March 2017

A Pale Ale is the hit follow up to the Stout

May 2017

Working with local illustrator, Helen Maxfield, we launch a new range of label designs

August 2017

Following intensive testing, two more beers, a Lager and a seasonal Spiced Ale are released. The Stout wins Silver at the World Beer Awards. The Pale Ale wins Gold at the World Beer Awards. The Stout wins silver in the International Beer Challenge, judged against full-strength beers

October 2017

The Stout is launched in Sweden and available through Systembolaget

Big Drop wins the Speciality Food Innovation Award

January 2018

Listings obtained at Hakkasan, Fortnum & Mason, The Ivy Group and Bar Works Pub Group

March 2018

Big Drop are shortlisted for the BBC Food & Farming ‘Best Drinks Producer’ award

The Stout and seasonal Spiced Ale begin export to Finland

April 2018

Albert Heijn, the largest supermaket chain in The Netherlands start stocking Pale Ale and Stout

Big Drop win the Dragons’ Pantry award at the Farm Shop & Deli Show

May 2018

The next seasonal beer, a Sour, is launched at an event at the Commercial Tavern in London

All Bar One and The Castles Group start stocking Big Drop

January 2019

Barworks pubs start selling Pale Ale on tap.