Low Alcohol & Zero Alcohol Beer Guide

January was the month where so many people gave up alcohol and took on dry January after indulging a lot over the Christmas period.

Well the longest month of the year is now over and many of you may be going back to alcohol BUT if you have enjoyed those hangover free weekends then we suggest you read on.

We have been trying lots of low alcohol and non alcoholic beers and we thought we would share them with you. Some of them really remind us of the shandy’s we used to drink when we were younger on a Sunday afternoon with our roast dinner. These beers are also perfect if you are designated driver, you can enjoy the taste of these delicious beers without feeling the effects.

Mikkeller

Mikkeller was set up in Copenhagen in 2006 by Maths and physics teacher Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, this award-winning, nomadic beer brand has released over 800 beers since it launched and they are now available in 40 countries worldwide.

We tried a selection of their alcoholic beers over the Christmas period which you can read all about here, so we were excited to try their low alcohol beers.

Mikkeller Energibajer

Style: Wheat beer

ABV:  0.0%

Description: This beer has lots of citrus notes with a malt backbone, ultra refreshing, lvely aromas of tropical fruit on the nose combined with a lightly acidic backbone and a refreshing finish!

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Mikkeller Drink’in Berliner

Style: Berliner Weisse

ABV: 2.7%

Description: A fruity and tart Berliner weisse – Drink’in Berliner has tropical notes, a nice acidic backbone and a light malty body. The palate is both fresh with the perfect amount of dryness.

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Mikkeller Weird Weather

Style: Low alcohol New England IPA

ABV: 0.3%

Description: Mikkeller Weird Weather 0.3% is a hazy New England style IPA for those who need a beer without the alcohol.  The Danish craft beer company is crazy excited to introduce this new brew to the world.

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Krombacher

Krombacher beers have been produced exclusively in the small town of Krombach, nestling in the beautiful Siegerland Hills of Westfalia, central Germany since 1803, adhering to the German Beer Purity Law of 1516 (Reinheitsgebot). 

Krombacher is a beer company we are very familiar with, we have previously created a recipe that we thought went really well with a cold Krombacher Pils which you can read about here. We were excited to see if the Kromacher low alcohol beer tasted very different to their alcoholic range. 

Krombacher Low Alcohol

Style: Low Alc Lager

ABV: 0.5%

Description: The leading low alcohol beer in Germany, this quality lager offers all the classic characteristics of Krombacher’s famous Pilsener but with the alcohol.  This beer is clean, crisp and full of flavour.

Available: www.drydrinker.com

About Stiegl

The Stiegl brewery grew out of what was a popular beer-making guesthouse called the ‘Bräuhaus an der Gstätten’.  It was first mentioned in written records on the 16th June 1492 and was located in Salzburg, Austria.  

Over the past 500 plus years, the brewery has seen everything from immense joy and celebrations to fires, war, and economic turmoil but throughout, it has remained, playing a huge part in the city and country’s culture and history.  Even Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart guzzled a few Stiegl beers in 18th century. 

Most famously known for its multi award-winning Stiegl Goldbräu beer, which launched in the UK in 2007, Stiegl utilises a wealth of brewing experience combined with some of the most high-tech brewing equipment, processes and procedures in Europe whilst benefiting from the finest Austrian raw materials – often cultivated in the brewery’s own fields.

Stiegl Freibier

Style: Lager

ABV: 0.5%

Description: Appreciated in its homeland for its full-bodied, well balanced taste, Austrian Saphir hops provide aromatics to this unfiltered, ultra-refreshing non-alcoholic lager. 

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler

Style: Radler

ABV: 2%

Description: this naturally cloudy and zesty, thirst-quencher uses real grapefruit juice alongside Stiegl’s famous Goldbräu beer for the ultimate, refreshing ORIGINAL Radler. 

Available: www.drydrinker.com

So the next time you are tempted by an alcoholic beverage but you know you shouldn’t for whatever reason, then make sure you reach out for one of these!

Beer Gift Guide

Our boyfriends LOVE beer! So much so that we have decided to put a beer gift guide together There are so many to choose from so we thought we would give you a helping hand.

Mikkeller

Mikkeller beer was founded by a maths and physics teacher in Copenhagen. Today Mikkel exports his micro brewed beers to 40 different countries and is acclaimed as one of the most innovative brewers in the world! We especially love the quirky packaging!

This beer would be the perfect gift for someone who doesn’t like to follow the crowd and wants a unique beer that you cannot get anywhere else! Even better if you buy a full case you save 51%! We have actually gifted these to our boyfriends and they absolutely loved them! They have already said they are definitely going to re purchase them!

You can also sign up for a monthly subscription where you will receive up to 8-12 beer depending on the flow of new arrivals! You will also receive limited stuff from time to time. The monthly subscription in 500,000 DKK which is about £60.

This beer is also available to purchase from M&S Food, at present it is on offer for 4 for 3, they are for sale at £2.50 a can!

OTHER OPTIONS

Beer52 – You can subscribe to the Beer52 club and get yourself different beers & ales each month. Think of the excitement in receiving new beers/ales to try! When subscribing you can opt for a mixture of light and hoppy or dark beers only.

Annie has actually got this for her dad this Christmas but also knows the boys would love it as well- wouldn’t any beer lover!

Flavourly – Another smaller brand which we love, you can get a craft beer box with 10 beers for £25. Rach’s boyfriend got this last Christmas and he loved it so much he ordered a Flavourly pint glass to drink from at home! Flavourly also do gin too, so you can get your gift for that beer love and for a gin lover too!!

Craft Metropolis – You can have beers delivered every 1,2 or 3 months, all the beers come from London! You pick 12 beers from their extensive list which includes; crate, gipsy hill, mondo, tiny rebel & weird beard.

Craft Beer Experience – There are many companies where you can buy a craft beer experience from, this can include a brewery tour, beer & food matching class or design your own beer. redletterdays and buyagift both have lots of choice for that beer lover!

This post is in collaboration with Mikkeller

Harissa Lamb Waffles with Krombacher Beer

We jumped at the chance of taking part in the Krombacher Beer and food pairfection campaign, we love trying new beers and we especially love developing recipes. Brunch is our favourite meal to eat and it’s even better with an alcoholic beverage! We love the fact you can eat brunch at any time of the day so we wanted to create a recipe that would be perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

The dish we have created is Harissa Lamb Waffles and they taste absolutely delicious if we do say so ourselves, especially when matched with a cold Krombacher Pils- for us it’s #pairfection. We have made sweet waffles and protein waffles several times before but this was our first time trying to make savory waffles. We wanted the batter to have flavour and we didn’t just want them to be a standard waffle recipe so we threw a few spices in the mixture.

Krombacher Pils also knows as ‘A Pearl of Nature’ is one of Europe’s leading beers and we can totally see why. The taste of Krombacher Pils is very distinctive and the water it is brewed with plays a massive part in the flavour giving it a full flavoured apple Manhattan is some what bitter.

We got a thumbs up from our boyfriends as well as our dads they all absolutely loved it! It was great to have a little tasting session going on with them all and they all said it was very refreshing and light.

Recipe for Harissa Lamb Waffles- You will need a waffle maker

Waffle Ingredients
125g Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
½ Tbsp Caster Sugar
1tsp Mustard Powder
½ tsp Smoked Paprika
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
215ml Semi Skimmed Milk
2 Eggs

Harissa Lamb Ingredients
1 tbsp Olive Oil
250g Lamb Mince
2 tbsp Harissa Paste
2 tbsp Tomato Puree
½ tsp Black Pepper
½ Aubergine chopped into small pieces
½ red onion finely chopped
250ml chicken stock
150g feta
Handful Parsley finely chopped

Method

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Add the lamb and cook for 5-6 minutes until brown. Add the onion and aubergine and allow the mixture to cook for 3 minutes before adding the harissa paste, tomato purée and black pepper, stir the ingredients until well combined and coin for a further 1-2 minutes.

Add the stock to the mixture (it will look slightly runny), place the lid on the pan and cook until the liquid has reduced- we left it cooking for around 15 minutes. In the mean time we go started on the waffles.

Place all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined

Put the butter in a saucepan on a low heat and remove from the heat once melted

Whisk the butter, eggs and milk in a separate mixing bowl

Make a well in the dry picture and poor the wet mixture into it, whisk the mixture until fully blended together and there are no lumps

Leave the batter to rest for until you need it

Turn your waffle maker on and allow it to heat up, once heated (the green light should show) pour in the mixture, close the lid and cook

Once the waffles have cooked and the lamb it is time to assemble the dish, place your waffles onto a plate and pour the mixture on top. Sprinkle with feta and parsley, open up your Krombacher Pils and voila you are ready to tuck in!

Krombacher Pils is available in Booths, Majestic, Morrisons, Ocado and Tesco.