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 firstname.lastname@example.org. NHS staff also receive a 20% discount on any online orders at https://shop.bigdropbrew.com
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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
Big Drop was launched in 2016 as the world’s first brewer dedicated to alcohol-free beer by the-then City lawyer, Rob Fink and long-time friend James Kindred.
Both had recently become fathers and were looking to cut back on the booze but could not find any decent alternatives to their favourite craft beers.
Along with experimental brewer, Johnny Clayton, they perfected techniques to make a range of 0.5% abv beer styles – but crucially without the need for alcohol extraction – resulting in a fuller-flavour.
Big Drop has won over 40 major international beer titles including four times being judged ‘World’s Best’ at the World Beer Awards and beating full-strength beers in blind tastings.
Big Drop contract brews in batches through a network of brewing partners worldwide, meaning it can produce fresh beer – locally and ethically – with a minimal carbon footprint.
Recognised as the market leader in the rapidly growing AF craft beer sector, Big Drop can now be found in over 10,000 locations – including throughout Europe, Australia, Canada and – soon to be – the US. In the UK, Big Drop has listings with major pub groups (eg Mitchells & Butlers), restaurant chains (eg Nando’s) and retailers (eg Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons and Ocado) as well as on the High Street with Holland & Barrett and on doorsteps with Milk & More.
Its range of beers, which are all <0.5% abv, currently consists of: Stout, Lager, Pale Ale, Citra IPA, Brown Ale, Golden Ale, Hazelnut Porter and a Sour as well as special editions and collaborations with other leading brewers.
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