by Erin Bates April 22, 2020
Craft beer geek, hop head, brewery connoisseurs- there’s numerous terms for the many people who consider themselves beer enthusiasts. At Grüvi, we are no different. While we may brew our own beer (and be fans of it too), we are always on the lookout for other amazing craft non alcoholic beers.
In this emerging industry, more and more brewers are flexing their creative abilities to make some phenomenal new styles. We’ve spent much of the last year traveling and trying as many different non alcoholic beers as possible. We wanted to share some of our favorite styles we’ve had with you. Here are our 17 favorite non alcoholic beers we’ve tried!
Strong aromas of roasted coffee and malted chocolate make this stout a true winner. Pouring into a glass results in a nice foamy head, reminiscent of an old favorite, Guinness.
It’s definitely dry and contains a touch of bitterness, but each sip remains balanced and smooth. And we have to admit, this coffee stout float creation is all we’ve been craving (check out the recipe here).
Aromas of toasted caramel and oats compliment this warming stout. While the body isn’t as thick as a traditional stout, it still packs in some weight with each pour.
Leaning more towards the dry side, this stout is earthy and full bodied, while still feeling light on the palette. Notes of coffee and chocolate make this beer a real treat. Breakfast beer anyone?
A dark amber ale, Hellraiser is a great option for those who prefer darker beers. A beautiful deep amber tone in each pour, the body is full and mouthfeel on point.
While the nose is hoppy, the taste is less so, which works when looking for something less bitter. Underlying herbal and spice notes pair well with this malty craft brew.
One of the more creative styles in the craft non alcoholic beer market, Surreal’s Chandelier pours a deep ruby hue with a nice foamy head.
A mix of toasted malt notes, caramel and light citrus allow this to be a truly unique beer. Hops and grain help to increase the mouthfeel, and each sip is smooth yet complex. If you’re looking to try something different, give this one a go!
One of our favorites from Athletic, this double hopped IPA packs a hoppy punch into each sip. Brewed with amarillo, citra and mosaic hops, this showcases what a great craft non alcoholic beer can taste like.
Full bodied with thick citrus notes, this could pass for it’s alcoholic counterpart. If you’re a hop head, this brew is for you.
This IPA is a bit lighter in body, but the hoppy profile makes up for enhanced flavor. It pours a golden hue with plenty of carbonation.
Galaxy, ekuanot and citra hops are used to create citrus undertones with a hint of bitterness. Notes of pine and dank hops are noticeable throughout each sip. If you aren’t a fan of heavy IPAs, give this Grüvi a try.
The newest release from Brewdog is also a collaboration with American heavy metal band Lamb of God. The first collab of it’s kind, this beer is one of the most promising newbies on the list.
This IPA is full bodied and hoppy, but not overwhelmingly bitter. Notes of pine and grass subtly enhance the fresh hop flavors throughout each sip. The can artwork is pretty rad too.
This hazy, fruity IPA is another one of our most unique finds. While Two Roots originally produced craft non alcoholic beers with THC, they’ve since added a line sans the high. This beer has a nice full body and mouthfeel, with a balanced bitterness throughout.
Hops and tropical fruit aromas make this a refreshing treat. Notes of fresh mango and citrus add a juicy finish to each sip. Throw in some extra grapefruit juice for a radler style mix.
Partake’s pale ale is a fresh and citrusy brew, filled with tropical aromas. Think of it as a step down from an IPA, but a step up from a craft lager (in terms of bitterness).
Though perhaps a touch bitter, a mix of hop styles result in a perfectly balanced beer. A little floral, a little citrus, and a little pine all add complexity to each sip. If you’re looking for something less hoppy than IPAs, this is the perfect pick.
Wellbeing went all in to create this luscious wheat beer, adding more body and flavor than traditional lagers. This beer pours a nice, deep caramel with a touch of haze.
A touch of citrus adds a bit of complexity to this wheat centric non alcoholic beer. A crushable option, this beer also contains all natural electrolytes, and is a great option when staying active.
This Belgian style white ale was created by the original brewer behind Blue Moon, Keith Villa. While Ceria also makes a version that contains THC, this option is just alcohol free.
This craft, non alcoholic version has the same familiar notes of orange peel and coriander, and finishes lightly on the palette. This medium bodied brew is best served in a cold glass with an orange slice.
Finding craft non alcoholic sour beers can be tough, but Bravus truly impressed us with this fruity gose. Brewers utilize salt (a practice that traditionally qualifies a gose as a gose) to balance out the sweetness of the raspberries.
The end result is still on the sweeter side, and this could almost qualify for a dessert beer. However, if you’re a fan of sweeter, fruity beers, this is the one for you.
A take on the traditional Berliner Weisse, this sour beer packs a citrusy punch. Weisses are brewed to offer a better balance of wheat backbone in order to cut through some of the sourness.
Notes of lemon, yuzu and grapefruit enhance the overall tartness, while the wheat contributes to a nice body and earthy taste. If you’re looking for a craft non alcoholic sour, this is it.
Though this brew is only available at their tap room, Ursa Minor may be worth the drive to Northern Minnesota. Based in Duluth, this brewery has developed the first craft nonalcoholic cream ale we’ve found. The brewery utilizes a company called ABV technologies, based out of St. Paul, to remove the alcohol from their already brewed beer.
This light drinking ale has a creamy mouthfeel and a balanced profile, and each full-bodied pour truly matches its alcoholic counterpart. We’re just hoping it’s available outside of Minnesota in the future!
Brooklyn Brewery, widely known for pioneering the craft beer industry in the 80’s and 90’s, has added their first non alcoholic beer into production. Special Effects embraces the classic Americana of light beer. Each pour is a golden caramel color, and the carbonation leads to a perfect head.
Classic malt notes join zesty aromas and a touch of bitterness on the end. A crisp and refreshing option, this beer is meant to be enjoyed in the summertime.Bonus points for their mind-bending packaging!
Another great style from Athletic, Upside Dawn is an easy and light drinking brew. A rendition of the classic golden ale, this beer has a delicate balance of malt and hops, and pours a hazy golden hue.
Though perhaps a touch hoppy, floral notes cut into any underlying bitterness. This is one of the most crushable non alcoholic beers we’ve found- a great post-workout or post-race option our team loves.
Point 5, one of the newest craft NA brewers on the scene, just released their debut beer to the masses in March. One of the few non alcoholic pilsners available, Point 5 has managed to retain a very similar profile, not too sweet or bitter.
Though they state the pilsner will be their only option for the foreseeable future, it seems like a great choice for anyone missing that bavarian lager style.
We hope this list helps you continue to explore the non alcoholic beer world! Whether you want something dark or light, sour or sweet, bitter or light, there’s an option here for you. We can’t wait to see what new beers we all get to experience in the next year.
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