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Dry January Drinking

Oliver Conningham explores low-alcohol beers

2020. What. A. Year. There's no surprise that the date of last year should correspond to 20/20 vision, a common term used to refer to our quality of sight.

2020 has certainly allowed all of us to see things more clearly, to assess what truly matters and to strip away those things which no longer serve us.

For many of us, this may have been related to our vocation, where the repercussions of working from home or, sadly, redundancies have given us the space to choose new paths, to follow dreams that were previously consigned to our night's slumber.

For others, it might have been a dramatic lifestyle change. To have seen the many benefits of prioritising our physical, mental and spiritual health.

 

From taking more walks amongst the flora and fauna, exposed to the elements, to a deeper spiritual practice at home which then ripples out through everything we do.

The New Year is traditionally a time to make big changes, to create goals and aspirations that we strive to achieve throughout the year.

If you want to meet these with the same clarity that you may have found last year, we've selected a range of innovative very low-alcohol beers to accompany your journey.

Find out more about vegan food and drink on the forkandcarrot.com website or follow Oliver Coningham on Instagram and Twitter @forkandcarrot.

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Unfiltered Lager (0.5%) - Lucky Saint

£1.80 for 330ml

Lucky Saint was born out of the idea to reward those who choose not to drink with the beer they deserve. Moderation, abstinence and mindfulness are becoming a common choice. Brewed with Bavarian spring water, pilsner malt and Hallertau hops, Lucky Saint is full of gentle citrus notes and a clean biscuity finish.

Lucky Saint is completely vegan-friendly.

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Lion's Mane IPA (0.5%) - Fungtn

£18 for 6 x 330ml

Fungtn creates adaptogenic alcohol-free beer, brewed to 0.5%. Adaptogens are a class of ingenious plants and fungi that help balance our bodies and keep them performing at their best. Lion's Mane IPA is a deep and earthy IPA enhanced with adaptogenic organic Lion's Mane mushroom.

Fungtn beers are all suitable for vegans

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Dark Lager (1.0%) - Small Beer Brew Co

£2.15 for 330ml

Small Beer Brew Co are the first brewery in the world to specialise in the production of small beers below 2.8% ABV. With core beers ranging from a Steam Beer to Session Pale, there's plenty for everyone to enjoy.

Dark Lager has the aroma of a stout or porter with notes of black coffee, dark chocolate and wholemeal toast, yet drinks like a lager.

Small Beer Brew Co beers are all suitable for vegans.

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Binary Zero (0.5%) - Good Living Brew Company

£20 for 12 x 250ml

Binary Zero is produced by infusing their refreshing beer with organic hop leaves during the fermentation process. The result is an aromatic beer reminiscent of prosecco with a tropical aroma, prosecco-like taste and clean finish. Hints of passionfruit and white fruit lead with an incredibly zesty finish.

Binary Botanical is proudly vegan and registered with The Vegan Society

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Bonfire Stout (0.5%) - The Drop Bear Beer Co

£14 for 6 x 330ml

Drop Bear Beer Co. are committed to creating revolutionary craft beers below 0.5% ABV. Their beers range from a New World Lager with notes of lemon, lime and mandarin to a Tropical IPA with bursts of passion fruit, stone fruit and citrus. Inspired by the traditional Irish Stout and German Rauchbier, Bonfire Stout has complex notes of roasted coffee, smoked malts and hints of dark chocolate.

The Drop Bear Beer Co beers are all naturally vegan, gluten-free, and low calorie.

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Love That Feeling (0.5%) - Good Karma Beer Co

£15 for 6 x 330ml

Good Karma Beer Co are proud to be part of the mindfulness movement, which extends to what we consume. Love That Feeling, a hazy Hefeweizen, is their second release and one of the most popular beer styles in the world. Expect low bitterness, high carbonation and truly psychedelic can art!

Good Karma Beer Co beers are all suitable for vegans.

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