After a successful first Low/No Alcohol Beer Tasting back in April, we held our second on Monday June 22nd. Hosted by Club Soda member Dani, about 15 people came together in The Duke of Wellington in Dalston to try 20 different brews: some of which we loved, some of which we hated, and some of which caused divided opinions. But all came away with a new found taste for those brews of low or no alcohol ABV.
Below is a rundown of the under 3% beers, what people thought, and how to get a hold of them if you fancy a taste for yourself. We will be holding future beer tastings, but in the meantime keep an eye on our events page for the next one! You can also read all about our 0.05% to 0.5% beers in Part One of this blog here, as well as compare notes with those who were on our first beer tasting back in April.
A big thanks to The Duke of Wellington for having us, to Dani for sourcing and talking us through the brews, and to everyone who attended, told us what they thought and made the evening what it was.
The legal definition in the UK for low alcohol is under 1.2%. In practice, beers between 0.5% and 1.2% are difficult to come by. The brewing industry here informally describes light beers as being under 3.5% and in Australia beers under 3% can be described legally as ‘light’.
Lervig Aktiebryggeri Johnny Low
Style: India Pale Ale
Where to buy: Honest Burger, online.
“I would drink this outdoors in the sun with a lemon wedge squeezed in”
“Fruit and hoppy”
“Slightly harsh aftertaste but pleasant on the palate”
Quantum Berliner Schwarz
Where to buy: We got this beer from The Beermoth Shop in Manchester. Can also be spotted in bottle shops!
“Decent aftertaste, strangely addictive”
“Gets better the more you drink, like a sour sweet”
Buxton Brewery Jacob’s Ladder
Style: English Pale Ale
Where to buy: Available widely, but we got our from BottleDog in King’s Cross.
“Chilled in a beer garden”
“Equivalent of scrumpy / Slightly sharp with bitter(ish) finish”
“Rustic smell and flavour but pleasant to drink”
Weird Beard Dark Hopfler
Style: Milk Stout
Where to buy: Online at Weird Beard and direct from their brewery shop.
“Acquired taste which grows on you”
“Tastes like stout, like it’s meant to”
Siren Half Mast QIPA
Style: English IPA
Where to buy: We got ours at The Beer Boutique but it’s available at most good bottle shops, online and often in craft beer bars.
“I would drink this in a Beer Garden or at a BBQ”
“Refreshing & wheaty”
“As long as it’s chilled, lovely balance of flavours and delicious from sip to swallow”
Lauren from The Three Compasses in Dalston tells us why getting low/no alcohol beer into pubs is important: