A celebration of all things Americana is to become the first music festival in the UK to provide its visitors with alcohol-free craft beer on tap.
Maverick, which has been an annual event at Suffolk’s Easton Farm Park since 2008, has teamed up with Big Drop Brewing for this year’s event, running from 5th to 7th July. Big Drop’s beers – all 0.5% ABV – will be served alongside full-strength beers supplied by the likes of East Anglian Brewers Grain and the Earl Soham Brewery as well as cocktails from Southern Comfort, one of the event’s sponsors.
Having an alcohol-free option available is all part of the progressive nature we’re actively encouraging at Maverick.
James Kindred, co-founder of Ipswich-based Big Drop, said: “We’ve been supplying kegs of award-winning 0.5% beer to pubs since the start of the year but this is the first time that we, or any other brewer for that matter, will be pouring pints of alcohol-free beer at such an established music festival. It’s great that festival-goers who prefer a drink that doesn’t get them drunk now don’t have to compromise on choice or taste.”
Paul Spencer, Maverick’s Festival Director, added: “Big Drop will be on draft and have just as much presence on the bars as other drinks. Having an alcohol-free option available is all part of the progressive nature we’re actively encouraging at Maverick. We’re also doing away with plastic bottles from the site this year and The One Foundation will be supplying water in recyclable cardboard containers.”
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
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, Citra IPA, Brown Ale, Winter Ale and a Sour.
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