21 January, 2022
Dry January – your worst nightmare or a welcome change? For some, surviving the month without a go-to alcoholic tipple is a strenuous task but it has alerted us to the delights of some alcohol-free alternatives.
First up is Zingi Bear, an organic switchel producer based in the Lake District. “What’s switchel?” you ask. Well, only the most refreshing, intense yet sippable concoction of apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon and honey. The sparkling, non-alcoholic thirst-quencher is the perfect alternative to your usual beer, and also tempting as a mixer.
Free Star offer a people and planet-friendly 0.0% beer that wants to “wave goodbye to lame ‘n’ sodas”. Their production process emits 90% less than the industry average. This brewing method has created a tasty beer but also helped them reach B Corp status – testament to their commitment to climate friendly brewing. For more variety, be sure to check out Big Drop Brewing Co’s selection of high-quality alcohol-free craft beers. Their enormous range of beers are available in multiple stockists, to suit a variety of palates.
Last but not least (in fact our favourite), is Basic Booch: a refreshing, sociable and sessionable alcohol-free kombucha. Mouth-watering flavours are produced by simple and natural ingredients: tea, sugar, water and kombucha culture. Oh, and it’s a good business too (not least because it’s the brainchild and baby of GB team member Ben). Basic Booch is all about inclusion. Not drinking alcohol shouldn’t mean missing out – they’re bringing “good times for all of us”. A full-bodied booch with full-bodied purpose.
Basic Booch are offering Friday5 subscribers a huge discount on a £6.50 Dry January taster pack with four cans, a beer mat and sticker. Give Booch a try by purchasing here and use the code FRIDAY5 at checkout (no need to sign up).
By Bertie Bateman