4 Zero-Proof Bubbly Beverages to Sip When You're Craving Beer
If you're not drinking yet crave the hoppy flavor of an IPA or foamy frothy texture of a lager, there are now zero percent ABV options on the market that let you satisfy the hankering without actually consuming booze. Allow these four beverages, which include two seltzers, a true non-alcoholic beer, and a kombucha, to inspire you to let loose responsibly.
1. Suntory All-Free ($3): The Japanese company, famous for its Premium line of beer and Japanese whisky, used its expertise to tackle this new formulation that will shock your senses. Though All-Free looks, smells, and tastes like a lager with a foamy head and frothy mouthfeel, this beverage contains zero calories, alcohol, or gluten (yep, it's FDA-approved GF). Made of two-row barley malt, aroma hops, and water, the drink took Suntory years to perfect, but we surely appreciate it. The only downside is U.S. availability is still limited, though they are expanding.
2. Heineken 0.0 ($8/6): At 69 calories per bottle, this alcohol-free beer is brewed from scratch by Heineken's Master Brewers using natural ingredients. Intended to taste exactly like a classic Heineken lager with fruity, malty flavors, this drink is slightly on the sweeter side than a crisp Heineken, but we're still into it.
3. Lagunitas Hop Water ($7/4): If you're expecting a bitter, hoppy beverage, this zero-alcohol, zero-carbohydrate, and zero-calorie beverage isn't quite it. However, it's still worth sipping for its light bubbles, subtle tartness, and floral taste. Citra, Equinox, and Centennial hops, natural flavors, and a pinch of brewer's yeast come together for a beverage you can feel OK about imbibing any time of the day, even if it's 9am.
4. Humm Hopped Grapefruit Kombucha ($3): Those who are truly craving the bitter, tart, thick-textured IPA will adore this beverage. At 70 calories per bottle, the green-and-black-tea-based 'booch loads up on ruby grapefruit juice, Citra and Cascade hops, and plenty of probiotics.
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