#1. The United Kingdom | Big Drop Brewing Co

#1. The United Kingdom

Introduction

by Melissa Cole

As a great man once said: I love it when a plan comes together, and this was a plan born out of a desire to make some genuinely innovative non-alcoholic beers; styles that you’d never normally associate with alcohol-free beer and that you would want to put on your dinner table (or lunch table for that matter!).

Working with such talented brewers like James Rylance, Colin Stronge, Malcolm Downie and John Driebergen to create the flavour profiles we wanted for these beers, which were then realised through the technical brilliance of Big Drop brewer Johnny Clayton, was a real joy an undertaking I hope will see people rethinking alcohol-free beer.

I am passionate about the growing improvement and reach of the alcohol free range of beers out there because it’s something quite close to my heart, having good non-alcoholic option to hand instead of reaching for a beer because it’s there is something I’ve been all too often been guilty of over the years because it’s very easy when you’re around booze all the time for you job to not be mindful of how you are drinking, or possibly abusing, it.

But, that said, this project was always about more than just making non-alcoholic beers together, it was about making tasty beers together that just happen to be 0.5% alcohol and I think that’s exactly what we’ve done and I hope you agree!

The Beers

Big River Black IPA

Four Pure Brewing Co

Intense combination of two styles, the aroma is chocolate, a little coffee with a hint of oak woodiness and pineapple. Flavour is hop forward with just a hint of chocolate and roast coffee before a clean bitter finish.

Jam Session Raspberry Gose

Fyne Ales

Spritely and refreshing with a nose of sour berries, rhubarb and raspberries. Flavour is lightly tart with under ripe berry and freshly harvested wheat all brought to a savoury finish of the sea salt.

Going Swimmingly Hibiscus Saison

Harbour Brewing

Brewed with hibiscus flowers and a blend of botanicals, this has a hint of tartness balanced with spicy notes. Sweet and sour from the hibiscus and a light fruity, spicy backing from the pepper and juniper.

L’il IPL India Pale Lager

Salt

A fusion brew of two different classic styles brings the malty backbone of a Helles with the unique zesty, lime character of Motueka hops found in many IPAs.