January is now the month of dry-ness in Ireland (for some) and it leaves beer drinkers like me looking for a decently flavoured and satisfying malt based beverage – alcoholic content aside. Low and non alcoholic beers are seeing decent growth worldwide recently so the options are increasing.
Ive picked up all of these beers locally between a few different retailers so this is what was at hand, no special effort was made to track any of these down but there are a lot more out there if you feel the need to find them.
Brewdog – Nanny state pale ale – 330ml bottle
For me this is the best non alcoholic beer I could get my hands on. Maisel Weiss Alkoholfrei delivers that full bodied, tasty and satisfying beer that everyone associates with German weissbiers. I think I might struggle in a blind taste test to distinguish between this and the full alcohol version. As you would typically expect from a weissbier theres lots of clove, banana and mild bubblegum going on here. While this would be my personal go to for a low/non alcoholic beer it was also was the cheapest at €1.60 per 500ml bottle so its got great value in its corner too. Of all that I sampled this is by far my favourite.
Open Gate Brewery – Pure Brew – 330ml bottle