Alcohol-free beers

Mmm. I quite enjoyed Seedlip, but it does seem somewhat overpriced. I've had a go at making my own herbal concoctions, and while not as good as Seedlip, are somewhat less expensive, and can provide a bit of fun to some sparkling water.
If you believe the blurb, Seedlip is more expensive to make than a bottle of gin.

it can be found for £20 a bottle on Amazon.
 
I finally tried the 0% Guinness. The first can was cool but not fridge temperature cold and suffered a bit as a result. The second can today at 4 degrees was much better. I’m not a Guinness drink ordinarily but this is all the same a good effort.
 
We're big fans in our house of mixing equal parts Beck's Blue (0.0%) with a normal Beck's (5% I think it still is) to produce a low-alcohol version of Beck's that tastes almost as good as the normal if not better for being slightly lighter, and can be tucked into with abandon.

Also another vote for the Small Beer company, although I preferred the lager to the IPA which like almost all modern IPAs is overhopped.
 
I'm not convinced by the idea of a G&T substitute. It's a drink I'm only likely to want to drink as an alcohol delivery system.
I’m not looking for something to substitute for the flavour of gin per se. What I’m after are a range of interesting botanicals to mix as long drinks. My alcohol free journey continues and as much as AF beers are great I enjoy a long drink as well.

The first person to make a genuinely good AF “wine” will make a lot of money. The current choices are #grim and little more than coloured/white sugar water
 
We're big fans in our house of mixing equal parts Beck's Blue (0.0%) with a normal Beck's (5% I think it still is) to produce a low-alcohol version of Beck's that tastes almost as good as the normal if not better for being slightly lighter, and can be tucked into with abandon.

Also another vote for the Small Beer company, although I preferred the lager to the IPA which like almost all modern IPAs is overhopped.
Agreed on the small beer lager, it's quite good indeed but in some ways not far off from the small bottles of french lager at around 3% that I used to drink as a yoof, and even to this day I find them very drinkable!

The IPA is interesting but not in a good way. I don't think hopped beers work very well at all as AF versions, you need plenty of body to balance the bitterness and that only really comes with alcohol content.
 
I find a bit of an odd confected sweetness in pretty much all non-alcohol beers. Brewdog and Ghost Ship are probably the best, although I recently had a milk stout and an unfiltered lager which were quite good. I can't remember the brewers names. If you want alcohol-free wine, Harvey Nicks Sparkling Chardonnay is far and away the best I have ever tried. This is not de-alcoholised wine, but chardonnay grape juice where much of the sweetness has been removed but the full flavour of the grape retained. At £10 a bottle it is not cheap for alcohol free.
 
Quite an improvement in the selcetion available in the last few years especially for the gluten free drinker. Two beers recently have really hit the spot. First is Big Drop Poolside IPA which is so vibrant that I'd happly drink this all day. Often one AF beer is enough but this is so refreshing without sweetness. The second is Free From Beer Company IPA which is more a pale ale than IPA. Dark orange in colour it feels much more full bodied than any other AF beer I have had (I double checked I hadn't been sent the 5% version). There is a diacetyl note which just adds to the pleasure (think TT Landlord) and again I would drink this all night. These beers are so good that I tend to start with one even if I intend to drink alcohol anyway and its not unusal I'll just continue on them.

Big Drop Bonfire stout wasn't a hit and I have yet to taste an AF stout that works. From Impossibrew both lager and IPA were thin and non-descript. Jump Ship Yardarm lager started ok but degenerated into the struggling to finish cloying that has been so often a feature of AF beers. Both Wold Top Intuition and Big Drop Pine Trail are pale ales that were OK.
 
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