Big Drop Brewing Co has teamed up with four of the UK’s leading craft breweries to produce a limited edition range of 0.5% abv collaboration brews.
The collaboration project saw Fyne Ales from Argyll, Salt from West Yorkshire, Harbour Brewing Co from Cornwall and Fourpure from London all work with Big Drop.
The project was headed up by Big Drop’s master brewer, Johnny Clayton, and beer writer Melissa Cole, and it was designed to create an opportunity for everyone involved to share their knowledge and to create beers of 0.5% abv without the use of artificial extraction of alcohol, vacuum distillation or reverse osmosis.
The final brews selection, available now in four and 12-packs of 44cl cans are: Big Drop & Fyne Ales Jam Session: Raspberry Gose; Big Drop & Fourpure Big River – Black IPA; Big Drop & Harbour Brewing Co Swimmingly Good – Hibiscus Saison; and Big Drop & Salt Lil ILP – India Pale Lager.
Big Drop’s co-founder, Rob Fink, said: “Since we launched in 2016, not only have we wanted to make delicious alcohol-free craft beer but we wanted to be at the forefront of making low and no drinks interesting and innovative. It is important for us to change perceptions that some may hold of alcohol-free beer being without character, or that it is made without the depth of care and skill that goes into making a full strength craft beer. If anything, you need more skill to make a great alcohol-free craft beer.
“We are excited to, not only, be collaborating with a range of craft brewers here in the UK but we are planning a series of these projects to work with brewers from around the world. Big Drop has recently launched in Canada, Sweden and Norway so on our visits we have been in talks with some incredible brewers in those countries. Watch this space.”
Beer writer Melissa Cole, who brought the breweries together and helped develop the recipes, said: “It is tough to create firsts in such a busy and innovative market as beer but, as far as I am aware, this is the first ever collaborative alcohol-free four pack. I am just so pleased with how all the beers turned out and I hope it helps people rethink alcohol-free beer as less a necessary evil when they are driving or deciding not to drink for whatever reason and instead look on them as a genuinely tasty choice.”
Big Drop’s Global Collab Series #1 is priced £12 for four 44cl cans and is available from Beer Hawk, Bottle Apostle and drydrinker.com.