Bars & Pubs

Get The Flavour Without The Fuzz, These Low And No Alcohol Beers Are Primed For Summer Drinking

By Rick Stephens
21st Oct 2020

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Stubby, schooner, can, pot or pint, the feeling of a frosty one resting gently on your lips is something to savour, especially in today’s trying times. If only the same could be said for the hazy head the day following. 

We’re here to tell you that you can have the flavour without the fuzz. Crack one open whenever you damn well please, these are the best low and no alcohol beers begging to be placed in that stubby holder of yours.

Heaps Normal

Heaps Normal has nailed the formula to a booze-free pale ale; it’s called the Quiet XPA and the first 500 cases sold out in less than a week when it was released. 

The flavour profile is just like a mildly fruity session ale you’d find on tap at the pub, but you can try it wherever you damn well like. Order up here or grab some cans from select bottle shops.

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Founded by Gamilaroi man and psychologist, Clinton Schultz, Sobah is a proudly Aboriginal owned and operated brewery making three of the tastiest chemical-free and alcohol-free beers this side of the equator—you can’t go wrong with any of them, but the finger lime Cerveza brew is a prime choice for summer. 

Get Sobah here.


Tinnies’ catalogue is at one end very boozy, and at the other almost alcohol-free. Yep, their ultra low alcohol Hoppy Ale comes in at 0.2 standard drinks, which is perfect for the constant sipper. It also has a big, bold and delicious malty flavour to it.

Order your Tinnies here.

Big Drop 

If a little buzz but no fuzz is your vibe, wrap your hands around a can of the UK’s Big Drop. The award-winning brewers are considered veterans in the space, and they’ve got the beers to back it up. 

There are currently two 0.5% Big Drop brews available in Australia, a balanced and citrusy American pale called the Pine Trail Pale Ale and The Uptown Craft Lager which is just as complex as your favourite full-strength craft number. Order here.

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Upflow Brewing

UpFlow Brewing has been in the game in the UK for a little while now, and after some buzz they’ve finally launched in Australia. The team brew with pure malt, meaning they don’t add or remove anything, you could try their non-alcoholic draught for a classic easy drinker, or, give a style of beer they’ve laid claim to in the no-booze space, the non-alcoholic stout.

Order up here.

Carlton Zero

We’re here to tell you that you can enjoy the taste of Carlton without the regret. The beer giant’s non-alcoholic beer, Carlton Zero, has proved to be one of the best sellers, most likely because it tastes like real beer, and maybe because of its super-low sugar content. 

There’s absolutely no alcohol in this one, which is why you can find it in the drinks fridge at milk bars, service stations and convenience stores. Or, make life that much easier on yourself and order it here.

Insel-Brauerei | Snorkeler’s Sea Salt IPA

For something a little more unusual on the palate, give the Snorkeler’s Sea Salt IPA a sip. The German brew comes in at 0.5%, which is brewed with sea salt from the Baltic. There are plenty of hoppy notes in there as well, along with lychees and grapefruit aromas to balance this out this truly unique beer. Order it from local purveyors of fine non-alcoholic beverages, Alcofree.

Kehrwieder | Road Runner Coffee Stout

Another German brewer dipping their toes into the low and no-alco markets is Kerwieder, who've released a unique 0.4% coffee stout, which unlike a traditional beer, will certainly wake you up. This tasty number is made from coffee beans from a local roastery in Hamburg, try it out here.

Chances are you’ll be drinking at least one of the above in the park. Check out Australia's best picnic spots.

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