Drink: are alcohol-free alternatives finally coming of age? – The Guardian

With more and more of us choosing to drink little or no booze these days, it’s boom time for the alcohol-free market

‘Marketeers are muscling in with a raft of decent alcohol-free tipples.’ Photograph: Alamy Drink: are alcohol-free alternatives finally coming of age?

With more and more of us choosing to drink little or no booze these days, it’s boom time for the alcohol-free market

What to drink when you’re not drinking? Not so long ago, the choice was very limited: tonic without the gin, perhaps? Lime and soda sans vodka? An oversweet fruity number? Or (yawn) another sparkling water? Perhaps it is no wonder that those of us of a certain age tend to be heavier drinkers than the younger generation: alcohol consumption in the UK fell 26% between 2002 and 2012, and the number of people aged 16-25 who drink little or not at all has risen by 40% in a decade. So it’s no great surprise that the marketeers are muscling in with a raft of decent alcohol-free tipples designed to please these sober youngsters and their boozy parents, too.

Brew Dog’s Nanny State: serve with hot dogs.

Most low-alcohol beers are still thin and dull, but Brew Dog’s Nanny State (around £1.25, widely available) is clean and hoppy, with body and balance, and stands

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