Free pints for the NHS on their 72nd Birthday | Big Drop

Free pints of alcohol-free beer for the NHS’s 72nd Birthday Celebrations

Big Drop Brewing Co is — by popular demand — extending its free beer delivery service for hospital staff and is taking requests from NHS workers to visit their place of work.


Serving pints from the back of the Big Drop van, the alcohol-free brewer has been flat-out visiting hospital car parks in the London area over the past few weeks including Royal Free London, Chase Farm Hospital and Homerton University Hospital. Initially intended as a way to chime-in with the nation’s effort to thank our NHS Heroes during Lockdown, Big Drop has since been involved in the NHS 72nd Birthday celebrations. It is now in conversation with a number of other hospitals, ambulance depots and other NHS places of work further afield.

Rob Fink, founder and CEO of Big Drop, commented: “Whilst the majority of people have had to stay put and work from home, others have been putting themselves at risk and dealing with the pandemic hands on. It’s truly heroic and we can’t thank them enough. So we thought: wouldn’t it be amazing to offer our chilled alcohol-free beer to those who are having lunch, taking a break or finishing a shift? That’s the beauty of alcohol-free beer, it suits any time of the day and week.”

Alison Kira at the Royal Free Charity added: “We just wanted to say a huge thank you to Big Drop for visiting our three hospitals and for the additional beer provided to our satellite sites. People enjoyed getting out into the sunshine for a cold craft beer with colleagues – it was a great lift. “

If you’re an NHS worker in London and South East of England and want to nominate your place of work to receive free beer, send an email to NHS staff also receive a 20% discount on any online orders at



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Big Drop’s Awards & Accolades

Big Drop’s Pale Ale was named World’s Best Pale Beer (low strength) at the World Beer Awards 2017.

Its Stout won a Gold Medal at the International Beer Challenge and a UK Silver Medal at the World Beer Awards when judged against full-strength stouts and porters. It also won a Gold medal at the US Open Beer Championship.

Its Citra IPA was crowned ‘King of Craft’ at the 2019 Casual Dining show, which was dominated by full-strength beers. It also won the overall Champion’s trophy for ‘Non and Low Alcohol Beer’ at The International Brewing and Cider Awards and a Silver medal at the US Open Beer Championship.

Big Drop was also one of three ‘Best Drinks Producers’ in the 2018 BBC Food & Farming Awards.

“Big Drop specialises in alcohol-free beer and it’s all good. I tried the pale ale and the lager, too, and both are excellent, but the stout really is the business.” — Adrian Chiles, The Guardian

“The most impressive no/low alcohol beer I have ever tried; no argument, it just is.” — Melissa Cole, British Guild of Beer Writers

“In my view, by far the best of the low-alcohol brigade is Big Drop Brewing Co. All its beers come in at just 0.5%, and all of them are excellent – the stout in particular is a jaw-dropper. Superb flavour without compromise.” — Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday

About Big Drop

Multi-award winning Big Drop was launched in October 2016 by the-then City lawyer Rob Fink, along with his school-friend/band-mate, designer 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 alcohol-free craft beer available to quench their thirst.

Along with renowned experimental brewer, Johnny Clayton, 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 network of expert brewing partners, includes: Stout, Lager, Pale Ale, Citra IPA, Brown Ale and a Sour.

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