Big Drop Brewing is celebrating success in this year’s World Beer Awards, having achieved the ultimate accolade of a ‘World’s Best’ medal for its 0.5% ABV Brown Ale.
The Brown Ale was entered into the Low Alcohol Dark Beer category and was one of four alcohol-free beers from around the world to feature in this year’s World Best list of 88 beers. Big Drop was also among just four UK brewers to satisfy the judges and make the top grade for 2019 – alongside Sharps, Wadworth and Glen Affic.*
It doesn’t get better than a World’s Best, whichever style of beer you’re producing
The medal sits proudly alongside another World’s Best medal that Big Drop won for its Pale Ale at the 2017 World Beer Awards.
Big Drop received a total of four World Beer Awards for its 0.5% ABV beers this year – including a Session IPA bronze for its Citra IPA which was judged against full-strength competitors – it’s second World Beer Award in a full-strength category.
Rob Fink, Founder and CEO of Big Drop, commented: “It doesn’t get better than a World’s Best, whichever style of beer you’re producing. We have always been entirely focussed on alcohol-free but take great care to fully ferment our beers to a maximum of 0.5%. This full fermentation and lack of artificial extraction processes mean we retain all the flavour that our 23 varieties of grain can deliver. That’s something that the judges clearly appreciate and winning not just in low-alcohol but full-strength categories makes it all the more special.”
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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