10 of the Best-Tasting Non-Alcoholic Craft Beers on the Market
Whether you're taking a night off of drinking, you're abstaining for the month with a Dry January or Sober October challenge, you're #Sobercurious, you're looking to drink less during the drink, you're done drinking for any other reason, we've got two things to say to you:
(1) We support you and you don't have to explain your choices to anyone, and
(2) You can still have delicious, fresh craft beer that is completely alcohol-free without sacrificing taste or quality.
We rounded up this list of non-alcoholic craft beers that still taste amazing for the next time you drink something local, lo-cal, and tasty without the booze.
Upside Dawn by Athletic Brewing Company
At Athletic Brewing Co., they believe you shouldn't have to sacrifice your ability to be healthy, active, and at your best in order to enjoy great beer — which is why they created their own innovative lineup of refreshing, non-alcoholic craft beers.
This is NOT the standard, stale-tasting non-alcoholic beer that your weird uncles used to drink, y'all. It seriously tastes like a craft beer. At just 50 calories per can, it's brewed with premium organic malts from both the U.S. and Germany, along with a combination of English and American hops, for a golden ale that's refreshing, clean, balanced, and light-bodied.
Grainwave by CERIA Brewing Company
This classic Belgian white ale from Colarado's CERIA Brewing Company features the classic flavor profile you know and love from other Belgian breweries: orange peel and coriander. Can't you taste it?
Raspberry Gose by Bravus Brewing Co
A little sour, a little salty, a little sweet, this delightfully tart brew from Bravus Brewing Co. in California is super light, refreshing, and crushable.
Natural Bridges by Surreal Brewing Company
Surreal Brewing Company is solely dedicated to crafting high quality non-alcoholic craft beers, and Natural Bridges is certainly one of their best. No wonder it was named the 2019 World's Best Low Alcohol & NA Beer! A delicately malty Kölsch, it offers subtle notes of honeydew melon with a crisp, refreshing finish.
Hazy AF by BrewDog
BrewDog's smashing craft beer success is cross-continental — and they've got a surprisingly large selection of amazing non-alcoholic beers to choose from, too. Our favorite, though, is the Hazy AF non-alcoholic hazy IPA. It's a juicy alcohol-free beer featuring tropical notes, subtly grassy notes, and oats and wheat for a smooth finish.
Coffee Stout by Hairless Dog Brewing Company
Hair of the dog, you say? Nope. This Hairless Dog brew gets you roasted, not toasted with Nugget and Willamette hops to complement rich coffee notes and malty goodness, with all the flavor and none of the booze.
Heavenly Body by Wellbeing Brewing Company
Missouri-based Wellbeing Brewing Company prides itself on creating fully-brewed non-alcoholic craft beers that pair perfectly with healthy, active lifestyles. Based on a Great American Beer Festival award-winning recipe, this American-Style Wheat packs flavor thanks to Cascade and German Traditional hops. Expect a slight citrus character that balances the lighter malts that is perfectly refreshing after a run, a flow on your yoga mat, or however you prefer to #WorkForYourBeer.
Special Effects by Brooklyn Brewery
Yes, when you think of Brooklyn Brewery, you might think of a whole list of booze-inclusive brews. But their non-alcoholic hoppy amber Special Effects is a hoppy lager-style brew with an unexpected piney aroma and pleasantly bitter finish that just so happens to be non-alcoholic.
Pale by Partake Brewing
Our Canadian pals at Partake Brewing keep it simple, titling their flavorful craft non-alcoholic beers by exactly the boozy styles they imitate: IPA, Stout, Blonde, Red, and Pale. The Pale in particular has only 10 calories per can (!), with the aroma of hops but without the bitterness for a balanced, smooth-drinking experience.
N/A Time, N/A Where by Ursa Minor Brewing
Get it? Anytime, anywhere — exactly when you'll want to drink this packs-a-punch non-alcoholic craft cream ale from Minnesota's Ursa Minor Brewing.
What are your favorite non-alcoholic craft beers?
Tell us in the comments below so we can try 'em for ourselves! And be sure to tag us at @workforyourbeer in your beer-tasting adventures, especially after a workout. Cheers!
Work For Your Beer was co-founded by best friends Alicia Valenski and Mel Fox in 2016 in Charlotte, NC.
In case you missed it, you can catch Alicia & Mel featured in the latest episode of Stocked Up where they take us on a tour to show off what they stay stocked up on in their beer fridges!
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Alicia Valenski is a travel writer, editor, and content marketer who graduated from Penn State in 2015 with degrees in journalism and Spanish as well as a minor in international studies. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband Andrew and their Great Pyrenees pup, Luna. Her preferred way to work for her beer is on her yoga mat — and she loves crisp, hoppy brews like Pilsners and West Coast IPAs.
Mel Fox is a digital marketer, professional photographer, and media designer who graduated from Penn State in 2012 a BS in Marketing and a BA in Advertising, and she completed a Mini-MBA™ at Rutgers in June 2017. She and her husband Alan live in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, NC with their Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Sir Pancake Bacon. She's an aerialist who loves to work for her beer on her Lyra hoop — and her go-to order is a sour beer (the weirder, the better).