Beer is brilliant. From the first time you’re allowed a sip of your parent’s lager and screw up your face in disgust to the first time you get absolutely hammered after downing litre upon litre of lukewarm Fosters, beer is a drink that’s pretty inseparable from British culture. Unfortunately, one of the fallouts of that affinity for beer is that this country has got a bit of a drinking problem. Okay, it's got a very big drinking problem. So much so that it’s rare to find someone who hasn’t found themselves pressured into drinking on at least one occasion where they really didn’t want to.
Thankfully, the tides seem to be turning and sobriety has become an increasingly popular wellness trend in the UK over the last few years. And with that decreased interest in alcohol has come an increased interest in alcohol-free alternatives to the drinks we know and love. One of the fastest-growing categories in the sector is low-alcohol beers and alcohol-free beers. Why? Because, as I said earlier, we're a nation that's mad about beer and those alcohol-free beers are pretty damn good. Well, most of them. There are obviously some duds out there but I decided to write this guide on the best low- and no-alcohol beers to direct you to the good stuff. Low-alcohol beers aren’t just for Dry January, y'know – you can crack one of these open any time of the year and they won’t taste like a wheat-heavy, fizzy compromise.
If you’re after something slightly stronger, you can always check out our beginner’s guide to beer and some of the IPAs and saisons I've recommended in there. This guide, however, is dedicated to great low-alcohol and alcohol-free beers – beers that you can, technically, drink at 10am while sitting in your cubicle at work. I wouldn’t recommend doing that though. It feels a bit weird. And your boss might ask you some uncomfortable questions.