Many use Dry January or Sober October as a reason to cut back on drinking, and you may find that non-alcoholic drinks are just as tasty and fun. If you’re craving a drink and not the hangover, NA options can definitely help you lower your alcohol intake. However, if your goal is to stop completely, you may need to distance yourself from all alcohol-like beverages and seek expert support.
Athletic Brewing is the current leader in crafting NA beers in American craft styles like IPAs. The company’s operations are solely dedicated to non-alcoholic options, so it has more flavors and styles of beer than a brewery that makes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic brews. Your options include golden ales, IPAs, stouts, lagers, what ales and even a range of sparkling waters. Athletic Brewing has monthly subscriptions or you can order by the six pack.
Seedlip makes non-alcoholic spirits that are flavorful and sugar-free. Seedlip has three flavor profiles: Garden 108 (peas, hay, spearmint, rosemary, thyme), Spice 94 (all spices, bark, citrus, berries, cardamom, lemon and grapefruit peel, oak) and Grove 42 (three types of oranges), lemongrass and ginger). The NA liqueurs are perfect for creating classic cocktails (or mocktails), including a espresso martini, toddyand apple highball.
Ghia is a non-alcoholic apéritif created for our modern times and for those who want a relaxed drink without alcohol. Ghia is made from plants and botanicals that have “potent” and “intoxicating” flavors. The aperitif is Mediterranean inspired and is meant to kick-start your appetite, making it an inviting drink and a conversation starter. Ghia also has three canned spirits: Ghia Ginger, Ghia Soda, and Ghia Lime and Salt, all of which take OG Ghia and turn it into a ready-to-drink cocktail without the booze.
Brewdog is a global brewery that started in Scotland and now has locations all over the world. It’s known for a wide range of beers, but it’s also certified carbon negative and has an employee ownership program and 50% Bars Profit Share, meaning employees are co-owners. The beer is great too, and Brewdog created alcohol-free versions of its most popular brews: Elvis AF, Punk AFand Hazy AF. There’s also a non-alcoholic shandy, coffee cream brew, hazy IPAs and a personal favourite, Hawkes NA Wild Streak. Brewdog ships to most of the continental US states, though you’ll want to check shipping card to ensure your state is included.
What to try: Zero fixed margarita
How to drink: Pour into a glass with a salt or sugar rim (or straight from the can)