Taste test: The best NA beers for Dry January
Just because you're drying out this January doesn't mean you need to stop drinking beer.
State of play: The increasing popularity of better-for-you beverages is leading to more nonalcoholic beer options.
- And the newest NA beers actually taste enough like beer to be satisfying, writes our resident beer expert John.
What to know: We put more than 30 NA options from a variety of styles to the test, all scored by a diverse panel of beer drinkers.
- Here were the seven favorites, and runners-up.
Hazy IPA: Sam Adams Just the Haze. Bursts with tropical fruits and finishes with a soft mouthfeel.
- Also good: Untitled Art Non-alcoholic Juicy IPA, Brewdog Non-alcoholic Hazy AF, Best Day Hazy IPA and Gruvi Juicy IPA
IPA: Athletic Run Wild IPA. A go-to with the right balance of hops and malt.
- Also good: Boulevard Flying Start IPA
Pilsner: Untitled Art Italian Style Pils. Light, refreshing, and tastes like beer.
- Also good: Brooklyn Special Effects Pils
Dark beer: Deschutes Black Butte Non-Alcoholic. Rich and smooth without being filling.
- Also good: Bravus Peanut Butter Dark
Fruited beer: Bravus Blood Orange IPA. Fruit in NA beer really amps the flavor.
- Also good: Brooklyn Special Effects Grapefruit IPA
Lager: Athletic Upside Dawn Golden. Classic and clean-flavored.
Wheat: Blue Moon Non-alcoholic Belgian White. A lot of orange and spice character in a full-body sip.
- Also good: Ceria Grainwave
My thought bubble: I entered this taste test with plenty of skepticism because NA beer is just so different from the real thing. But I came away plenty impressed with how much the best ones emulated the beer-tasting experience.
- Pro tip: Get an Untitled Art, Athletic or Brooklyn mix-pack so you can try multiple styles and find your favorites.
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