Many people use Dry January or Sober October as a reason to cut back on drinking, and you may find that non-alcoholic drinks are just as flavorful and fun. If you find yourself craving a drink and not the hangover, NA options could surely help you lower your alcohol intake. However, if stopping altogether is your goal you may need to distance yourself from all alcohol-like drinks and seek expert support.
What to try: Athletic Lite, Upside Dawn, Custom Variety Case
How to drink: Crack one open and drink just like a beer: from the can or poured into a chilled glass
Athletic Brewing is the current leader in making NA beer in American craft styles like IPAs. The company’s operations are entirely dedicated to non-alcoholic options, so it has more flavors and styles of beer than a brewery that does both alcohol and non-alcoholic brews. Your options include golden ales, IPAs, stouts, lagers, what ales, and even a line of sparkling waters. Athletic Brewing has monthly subscriptions, or you can order by the six pack.
What to try: Garden 108, Spice 94, Grove 42
How to drink: Craft a classic cocktail suggested by Seedlip or mix up one of your own
Seedlip makes non-alcoholic liquors that are flavorful and sugar-free. Seedlip has three flavor profiles: Garden 108 (pea, hay, spearmint, rosemary, thyme), Spice 94 (all Spice, bark, citrus, berries, cardamom, lemon and grapefruit peel, oak), and Grove 42 (three types of orange, lemongrass, and ginger). The NA liquors are perfect for creating classic cocktails (or, mocktails), including an espresso martini, toddy, and apple highball.
What to try: Aperitif, Le Spritz, First Sip Kit
How to drink: Mix Ghia with a bubbly mixer (equal parts) or pop open a can of Le Spritz for a ready-made mixture
Ghia is a spirits-free apéritif created for our modern times and for those who want a leisurely drink without alcohol. Ghia is made of plants and botanicals that have “potent” and “heady” flavors. The aperitif is Mediterranean-inspired and is meant to kickstart your appetite, making it a welcoming drink and a conversation starter. Ghia also has three canned spritzes: Ghia Ginger, Ghia Soda, and Ghia Lime and Salt, all of which take the OG Ghia and turns it into a ready-to-drink booze-free cocktail.
What to try: Elvis AF, Non-Alcoholic Mix Pack
How to drink: Like any other beer: straight from the can or in a glass
Brewdog is a global brewery that started in Scotland and now has locations all over the world. It’s known for a wide range of beers, but it is also Certified Carbon Negative and has an Employee Ownership Program and 50% Bars Profit Share, meaning employees are part-owners. The beer is great too, and Brewdog created non-alcoholic versions of its most popular brewers: Elvis AF, Punk AF, and Hazy AF. There is also a non-alcoholic shandy, coffee cream brew, hazy IPAs, and a personal favorite, the Hawkes NA Wild Streak. Brewdog ships to most of the continental US states, though you’ll want to check the shipping map to make sure your state is included.
What to try: Zero-proof margarita
How to drink: Pour into a glass that has a salt or sugar rim (or straight from the can)