Just when you thought I couldn't find another Britain-based beer story to cover, here it is. According to the Daily Mail, the British public purchased more than 18.2 million liters (4.8 million gallons) of low-alcohol or no-alcohol beer in the previous 12 months. This 17% raise in sales for these market segments comes at a time when "high alcohol beers" (with an ABV of 7.5% or more) saw an 11% decline.
If you needed any encouragement to choose a beer over a soda, you've got it (especially if you live in Philadelphia). A Fox News report, dated August 8, 2017, suggests that an increased tax on soda now makes beer a more cost-effective option than its non-alcoholic competition.
Adult language and adult beverages, a quintessential combination of supposed adulthood. But it seems the time-honored tradition of having a few pints and telling tall stories may be numbered. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Samuel Smith Old Brewery, which manages more than 200 pubs in the UK, has decided to ban its patrons from swearing.
Whether or not Crabbie's is technically a beer is a contentious issue. Many argue as it is not a true beer, aligning it with the hard soda or win cooler market. Regardless of how it is defined, I grew up drinking traditional, non-alcoholic, ginger beer and so I jumped at the chance to try an alcoholic version.