The round-up: sip responsibly with these top-notch non-alcoholic drinks
Every year at the height of winter, scores of Aussies ditch the booze – some for a healthy change, others for a challenge. Whether you’re tackling a month of sobriety for charity, personal reasons or just to test your will power, Dry July is just around the corner and we want you to be prepared. If your poison of choice is beer, wine or a well-made cocktail, we’ve got you covered with some non-alcoholic alternatives. Consider us your sober guru this Dry July.
Cheers with these beers
SOBAH: For those of you who love to crack open a tinnie, you’re well catered for thanks to SOBAH, a premium non-alcoholic craft beer infused with native Australian ingredients. The Gold Coast born company uses ethically sourced high-quality ingredients to produce three flavours – Lemon Aspen Pilsner (our personal fave), Finger Lime Cerveza and Pepperberry IPA. Hop over here to find your closest stockist.
Big Drop Brewing Co: Big Drop’s range of frothy beverages are for when you want to get on the beers but don’t want the ensuing sore head. Our pick of the bunch is The Pine Trail Pale Ale, an American-style pale ale that boasts a floral aroma and a citrus bite. The easy-drinking (and vegan-friendly) Uptown Craft Lager is also a great option for anyone looking to make healthier drinking choices. Big Drop Brewing Co. is available now at Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores.
NORT: Full of flavour but without ‘the fuzzies’, NORT is the perfect non-alcoholic companion to your backyard barbecue. The company brews four lip-smacking varieties – Refreshing Ale, Pacific Ale, Tropical XPA and All Day IPA. Plus, every beer is below 60 calories, which makes NORT the lowest calorie Australian-made beer in the country. To find out where you can pick up a pack of these long boys, head over here.
Athletic Brewing C0.: Helping ease revellers into a month of sobriety this Dry July is American beer-slinger Athletic Brewing Co., which has just arrived on our shores with non-alcoholic beer in its carry on. The health-conscious brand is bringing us two of its most popular beers – the Upside Dawn Golden Ale and the Run Wild IPA. These sudsy sips are available at Athletic Brewing Co.’s website and while details are under wraps for now, the beer will also be sold in a major retailer soon.
Heaps Normal: Currently making waves in the local non-alcoholic beer market, Heaps Normal was co-founded by four mates, each with their own reasons for wanting to reduce their alcohol consumption. The brand’s launch brew, the Heaps Normal Quiet XPA, is a tropical tipple with a citrus aroma and an unmistakably beery finish. This year, the Heaps Normal crew is encouraging people to aim for a Dry-er July, with $10 from each case sold via the online store during July going towards to Hello Sunday Morning. Grab some cans from the Heaps Normal website or check out its stocklist here.
Wine (or something like it)
Monceau: Whilst not technically wine and more of a kombucha, Monceau is a non-alcoholic best-of-both-worlds bi-product. Monceau Pétillant Naturel Kombucha is brewed in Melbourne with organic ingredients, using a similar wine-making method as pét nats. With ever-changing flavours that evolve with the seasons, your tastebuds will be treated to a wide range of carbonated flavours. You can currently sip pear, Fuji apple and blood orange, and these bad boys are the perfect gift for sober mates with its super-cute packaging. Shop the selection here.
Non: Non is built with similar production methods and flavour profiles to wine, offering sippers a beverage that’s just as deep and complex as the real thing. Different techniques are used to bring out the best of the fruits and aromatics used in Non drinks, while intriguing ingredients like kombu (for minerality) and olive brine (for saltiness) add a level of complexity normally only afforded by alcohol-based beverages. There’s currently seven flavours to choose from ranging from fruity characters to punchier varieties – there’s even a stewed coffee-and-cherry number. To start taste testing, head to the Non website.
Plus & Minus: Despite what its name suggests, Plus & Minus is all plus (in the flavour department, that is). This Australian non-alcoholic wine brand has developed a delicious range of drops that have the added benefits of antioxidants from grape seed extract. Plus & Minus uses high-quality grapes from South Australian vineyards to create full-bodied flavour, resulting in a clutch of flavours like rosé, pinot grigio, pinot noir, shiraz and blanc de blancs. Find the collection at Sans Drinks, Killyjoy Drinks or at selected Liquorland stores.
NEWBLOOD: If you fancy homegrown sips, then Aussie brand NEWBLOOD is one to add to your list! NEWBLOOD uses a cutting-edge process that removes the alcohol but retains classic wine flavours. Whether you prefer red or white (shiraz and chardonnay forms the small-but-mighty selection of sips at the moment), you can pick up a bottle at Sans Drinks.
Get into the spirit with these mocktails
Seedlip: A complex concoction of herbs, spices, peel and bark, Seedlip’s product range is based on the non-alcoholic remedies of 1651 book The Art of Distillation and aims to pave the way for a whole new category of drinks. The brand’s three different blends – Spice 94, Garden 108 and Grove 42 – are free from sugars and sweeteners, and best served with tonic, soda, ginger ale or as a base in mocktails. Hop over here to see where you can score some of this sweet libation.
Lyre’s: Lyre’s range of non-alcoholic spirits promises abstinent revellers to remain clear-headed, while also guaranteeing a hangover-free post-night-out wake-up (winning!). The range of tipples is as wide as it is tasty, encouraging drinkers to replace a portion of the hard stuff to make a low-alcohol mix. There’s a take on a classic gin (Dry London Spirit), a bourbon-inspired sip (American Malt) or there’s even a booze-free rendition of the green fairy herself (Absinthe). Shop Lyre’s range of premium non-alcoholic spirts online or in selected Dan Murphy’s and Liquorland stores.
Monday Distillery: If you still want to enjoy the social side of drinking without the hangover, crack open a bottle from Monday Distillery. Specialising in sophisticated, non-alcoholic beverages that are sugar-free, Monday Distillery offers sips like classic dry G&T, Paloma, Dark & Stormy, Dram Sour plus much more. If you’re keen to stay in high spirits and keep a clear mind – shop online at Monday Distillery.
ALTD Spirits: Handmade in a micro-batch distillery, ALTD Spirits uses 100-percent Australian native and locally grown botanicals that are sourced from Indigenous suppliers where possible. ALTD Spirits’ sugar-free elixirs are available in three unique blends – the signature Green Grocer featuring lemon myrtle, thyme and pepperberry, Silver Princess with strawberry gum, cinnamon and honey myrtle, and Golden Emperor boasting roasted blood oranges, caramelised citrus and cinnamon myrtle. Head here to grab yourself a bottle or two.
Altina Drinks: Another impressive Australian brand in the non-alcoholic realm is Altina Drinks, a company that creates plant-powered cocktails using botanicals from Mother Nature’s pantry (think flowers, fruit, seeds, bark, roots and stems), herbs and spices. The brand’s most popular alcohol-free cocktail, Light Me Up, is a refreshing and lightly sparkling drop featuring hints of forestberry, wattleseed, apple and green tea. Head online to stock up on bottled beverages. If you want to jump start your mindful drinking journey, we suggest snagging a Sober Month Starter Pack.
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