Is the world’s best beer alcohol-free? 0% ABV stout becomes the most decorated beer in history and wins the SEVENTH title at World Beer Awards
- Big Drop, who make 0 ABV beer, have achieved their seventh World’s Best title
- British brewery launched in 2016 focused on making only non-alcoholic beers
- Their stout Galactic – described as rich, creamy and an absolutely decadent treat of a beer – has won 20 of Big Drop’s 70 international beer awards
A non-alcoholic beer specialist has become Britain’s most awarded brewer of all time at the World Beer Awards.
Big Drop, which makes 0 percent ABV stout, took home their seventh prize at the World Beer Awards this week.
The company’s title includes “World’s Best” for two of its 0.5 percent ABV beers – Paradiso Citra IPA and Galactic Milk Stout.
A non-alcoholic beer specialist has become Britain’s most decorated brewer of all time at the World Beer Awards
With seven ‘World’s Best’ titles to its name, including three for Galactic, Big Drop not only tops the list of British brewers, but can also claim to have the world’s most awarded beer of all time, alcohol-free or otherwise.
Galactic – described as rich, unctuous and an absolutely decadent treat of a beer – has won 20 of Big Drop’s 70 international beer awards since its launch in 2016.
Both this year’s winners have previously beaten alcohol competitors in blind tastings.
|YEAR||PRICE||CATEGORY (* including full strength)||RESULT|
|2021||Beer Ratings in the USA||Alcohol-free beer||Silver 87|
|2021||World Beer Awards||No & Low Alcohol Stout||The world’s best|
|2021||World Beer Awards||No and little alcohol||The world’s best|
|2021||US Open Beer Championship||Non-alcoholic stout||Bronze|
|2020||Imbibe No & Low Taste Awards||Best No & Low Other Beer Style Award||Strongly recommended|
|2020||Asia Beer Challenge||Non-Alcoholic Beer (Top Fermentation)||Bronze|
|2020||World Beer Awards||Flavored Low Strength||The world’s best|
|2020||Global beer masters||Lo/No||Silver|
|2020||Beer Ratings in the USA||Open*||Silver 86|
|2020||European Beer Challenge||Non-Alcoholic Beer (Top Fermentation)||Silver|
|2020||US Open Beer Championship||Non-alcoholic stout||Silver|
|2020||AF Beer Awards||Classic||Second|
|2019||European Beer Challenge||Non-Alcoholic Beer (Top Fermentation)||Double gold|
|2019||European Beer Challenge||Low alcohol||Gold|
|2019||International Brewing Awards||No and little alcohol||Silver|
|2019||US Open Beer Championship||Non-alcoholic stout||Gold|
|2019||International Beer Challenge||Lo/No||Bronze|
|2019||Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival||Open*||Best of the show|
|2019||Belgian beer prices||Low Alc||Bronze|
|2017||World Beer Awards||Flavored Stout*||Silver|
|2017||International Beer Challenge||Specialty*||Gold|
Paradiso was the UK winner in the Specialty IPA category of last year’s World Beer Awards, with 6 percent ABV entries taking second and third place. Likewise, Galactic outperformed regular stouts in the World Beer Awards before it had its own AF category.
Rob Fink, founder and CEO of Big Drop, said: “When we started out, we decided that we should strive not just to make decent AF beers, but rather to create great tasting beers that happen to be alcohol-free.
‘Because there were not many prices for non-alcoholic beer at the time, we decided to go in the normal categories.
‘The results speak for themselves and reinforce our belief that non-alcoholic beers, made properly by expert brewers with carefully selected ingredients, don’t have to compromise on taste.’
Fink added that the secret to Galactic’s success is the “brew-to-strength” or reduced amylase brewing technique pioneered by Big Drop and seen as breaking new ground for the category, which was often considered an “emergency buy.”
This technique allows the beer to fully ferment without the need to extract alcohol after it has been brewed.
Staying below the ‘alcohol-free’ threshold of 0.5% ABV throughout the process allows Big Drop to retain the flavors and texture that would traditionally have been removed by removing the alcohol.
The beer has captured the hearts of critics and food writers alike.
Melissa Cole, of the British Guild of Beer Writers described the stout as the ‘most impressive low-alcohol beer I’ve ever tried, while Adrain Chiles wrote in the Guardian that the Pale Ale is ‘excellent’, while the stout ‘really does the trick’ ‘ .
Meanwhile, drinks expert Olly Smith wrote in the Mail On Sunday: ‘By far the best of the low-alcohol brigade is Big Drop Brewing Co. All of his beers come in at just 0.5%, and they’re all excellent – the stout in particular is a jaw dropper. Excellent taste without compromise’.
The company was launched in 2016 as the world’s first brewer dedicated to non-alcoholic beer by city attorney Rob Fink and longtime friend James Kindred.
Both had recently become fathers and wanted to cut back on the booze but couldn’t find decent alternatives to their favorite craft beers.
Since then it has won 70 international beer awards, including ‘World’s Best’ seven times at the World Beer Awards, and on a number of occasions has beaten its big rivals in blind tastings.
It is now available in 10,000 locations in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US.
In the UK, Big Drop has lists of major pub groups, restaurants and supermarkets.