Ticking the beer buzzwords: Lower-alcohol, vegan and free-from summer launches

Kate Malczewski

Kate Malczewski

26 July 2018

Catering to the dietary and lifestyle requirements of customers today often means providing a breadth of high-quality options. Fortunately, the latest beer launches are here to help, ticking all the boxes from lower-alcohol, to vegan, to free-from. Isn't it time your summer beer list offered more than just a little something for everyone?

Small Beer gains Steam as it rides the lower alcohol wave

Last month, Imbibe reported that low and no alcohol could be the biggest trend in beer since craft, and thanks to brewers like Small Beer Brew Co, this movement shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Its latest release, Steam Lager, is a rich, red rye with a tropical nose, a backbone of citrus and a balanced hop bitterness.

The beer sits above the 1.2% cut-off for the ‘low alcohol’ label at 2.7%.

Still, the brewery is firmly rooted in the low/no trend that’s sweeping the beer scene. Its other brews, a lager and a dark lager, come in at 2.1% and 1.0%, respectively – making Steam its booziest beer to date.

2.7% abv, £36/24x350ml, Small Beer Brew Co, theoriginalsmallbeer.com

New beer Jubel offers lighter, gluten-free lager

There’s a new face joining the growing free-from movement in London’s beer scene. Jubel is a lager that proudly wears both vegan and gluten-free labels.

The beer sports two variations – one infused with peach essence, and one infused with elderflower. The flavours were inspired by the shandy-like French beverage demi-pêche.

‘After stumbling on demi-pêche on a ski trip, we couldn’t find anything like it back home,’ said Jubel co-founder Jesse Wilson. ‘It was the beer style we wanted to drink that no one brewed.’

According to the brand, the product ‘sits between the beer and cider categories’ due to its marriage of fruity flavour and sessionability.

In addition to being vegan and gluten-free, Jubel touts itself as a ‘lighter’ lager, coming in at 125kcal.

4% abv, £16/12x330ml, Jubel, jesse@jubelbeer.com

Wadworth Gold opens up to the vegan market

Wadworth is taking its free from game to the next level. After introducing the gluten-free beer 6X Gold to its range last year, the Wiltshire-based company has revamped its brewing process to make the beer vegan, as well. This means replacing finings made from isinglass – a form of collagen made from fish – with finings made from silicate and polysaccharides instead.

The beer still promises the same flavour profile as it did prior to its plant-based days. As a golden ale, it boasts classic notes of sweet malt and spice.

4.5% abv, POA, Wadworth, sales@wadworth.co.uk

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