Suffolk-based low-alcohol brewing specialist Big Drop Brewing Co has collaborated with beer expert Melissa Cole and UK craft breweries to create four 0.5% ABV beers.
The limited edition brews include Raspberry Gose, India Pale Lager, Hibiscus Saison and Black IPA, which were developed with the help of Fyne Ales, Salt, Harbour Brewing Co and Fourpure respectively.
The four breweries joined Melissa and Big Drop’s master brewer Johnny Clayton at a brewing day in London – an opportunity to share expertise and create the beers of 0.5% ABV without use of artificial extraction of alcohol, vacuum distillation or reverse osmosis.
Big Drop’s co-founder Rob Fink said: “Since we launched in 2016, not only have we wanted to make delicious alcohol-free craft beer but we wanted to be at the forefront of making low and no drinks interesting and innovative.
“It is important for us to change perceptions that some may hold of alcohol-free beer being without character, or that it’s made without the depth of care and skill that goes into making a full strength craft beer. If anything, you need more skill to make a great alcohol-free craft beer.”
Melissa added: “It’s tough to create firsts in such a busy and innovative market as beer but, as far as I’m aware, this is the first ever collaborative alcohol-free four pack.
“I’m also just so pleased with how all the beers turned out and I hope it helps people rethink alcohol-free beer as less a necessary evil when they are driving or deciding not to drink for whatever reason and instead look on them as a genuinely tasty choice.”