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I brew, you brew, hopefully we don't spew: The Beer Thread

Dracula

Plastic Vampire
(He/His)
Wow, and I thought Arkansas blue laws were bad (here, you can't buy alcohol on Sundays, and we have a spattering of dry counties, where there's no alcohol sales at all).
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
A promotional beer probably isn't good, right?

But I kind of want it anyway.

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Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
I think I've had their IPA. My friend took a break from drinking for a few months and tried out a bunch of NA beers. It was pretty good, if I remember correctly.
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
Yeah, Athletic seems to be dominating the non-alcoholic sphere right now, and people seem to especially enjoy the small online-only batches. Seems like a lot of people really dislike Bravus so I'll be avoiding that.

This beer advocate NA tasting thread was really helpful.

Edit: I ended up trying the non-alcoholic marketplace BetterRhodes since they had multiple brands and a few different mystery box things. I am not ashamed to admit that I decided to try the NA brewery Busty Lush entirely because I think the name is funny. I got a referral code from them (10% off your order) but it includes my name so PM me if you want to try since I'd rather not post it.
 
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Paul le Fou

24/7 lofi hip hop man to study/relax to
(He)
I used VV's referral code and got three sample sixpacks of NA beer from BetterRhodes, myself (the Ales, the IPAs, and the dark beers). I've only had 6 total so I have a ways to go, but so far my favorite has been Bravus brewing - their peanut butter dark beer and their IPA were both almost good enough that I forgot I was drinking NA. Their oatmeal stout was OK but still tasted like NA beer.

What is that taste that NA beer seems to share in common? It's like, a thinness. Or kinda like the taste of seltzer/carbonated water, a hint of that cardboardy taste? Anyway, my holy grail is to find an NA beer that doesn't really have that. The two I mentioned above have been the best so far, along with Untitled Art's hazy IPA. Right now I'm really hoping to find a good NA amber ale/marzen-style NA beer.

Athletic was mentioned above - I got some of theirs in my samplers but I've only tried the Upside Dawn golden ale so far. Unremarkable. Unimpressed.

I've been looking for good NA beers for a while now mainly for the obvious reason - drink less alcohol. My consumption got, not quite out-of-control, but definitely beyond a healthy level, during the pandemic. Even if I drink a normal beer and NA after that, or even every-other if we're at like a long event or something, I can make some serious headway that my liver will thank me for. A secondary reason is so that I have more general beverage options. I don't drink soda and avoid sugary beverages (I don't even like most sodas anymore, but I love root beer, ginger beer, sujeonggwa and more), so usually I go for things like green or barley tea. Cucumber/mint water or cold-brewed (decaf) coffee. But having another thing I can grab to enjoy as a beverage and not have to worry about being an (even worse) alcoholic is nice too, especially when I get a craving for some good good suds. And it's not like NA beer is healthy but it's definitely lower-calorie and lower-sugar/carb than regular beer or most other soft drinks.
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
Last weekend I was at a friends house, and we split an imperial IPA, and then each had an Athletic Run Wild IPA. Maybe it was because it was following an imperial IPA, but it was again pretty good.
 

Paul le Fou

24/7 lofi hip hop man to study/relax to
(He)
...Huh! That does sound interesting. Not quite my style, but interesting. I actually just had Wellbeing's normal wheat beer last night (though I've actually had that before. It's not my favorite, but it's pretty dang good for NA).

But actually, one of the other reasons I'm interested in NA beer was from when I heard that the German Olympic teams drink it all the time, it's their sports drink of choice over gatorade etc. And the idea of being at a HEMA event and cracking open a beer between matches instead of drinking gatorade is a funny and very appealing one to me. One with extra electrolytes could be all the more interesting (and effective?) for that. It's what plants crave, after all
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
But actually, one of the other reasons I'm interested in NA beer was from when I heard that the German Olympic teams drink it all the time, it's their sports drink of choice over gatorade etc. And the idea of being at a HEMA event and cracking open a beer between matches instead of drinking gatorade is a funny and very appealing one to me. One with extra electrolytes could be all the more interesting (and effective?) for that. It's what plants crave, after all
Interesting! One thing that I learned while researching this is that Spain has a pretty big NA beer culture. I haven't seen any of them in the US, but I'm especially bummed that I can't track down this tostada beer as it sounds absolutely amazing.
 
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