• Low to No Alcohol Range

    2 January 2020

    Whether you are looking to reduce your alcohol consumption or give it up for Dry January, we have a tasty range of alternative beverages for you to try this year.

    Big Drop Brewing Co.

    Big Drop Brewing Co. is dedicated exclusively to making the finest 0.5% ABV beer.

    Big Drop was launched in October 2016 by the-then City lawyer Rob Fink, along with his school-friend/band-mate, designer and kindred spirit, James Kindred.

    The idea for a brewing business that only made alcohol-free beer was conceived by their own lifestyle changes (eg fatherhood) and born out of the frustration of there being no decent tasting low alcohol craft beer available to quench their thirst.

    Along with renowned experimental brewer, Johnny Clayton (formerly of Wild Beer), they’ve perfected techniques to make alcohol-free craft beer without the need for artificial removal of alcohol. The result doesn’t compromise on taste and yet is no more than 0.5% ABV.

    Big Drop doesn’t just use barley. It uses barley, rye, wheat and oats. And it doesn’t use just one type of each. Across its beers, it uses over 20 speciality grains. And then it uses lactose which boosts the mouthfeel and avoids the watery texture that blights many alcohol-free beers. Its range of seven beers, which it contract brews in batches through a panel of expert brewing partners, includes: Stout, Lager, Pale Ale, Citra IPA, Brown Ale, Winter Ale and a Sour.

    Why we have selected Big Drop:

    – Award-winning alcohol-free craft beer
    – Gluten-free certified
    – Naturally brewed for a full flavour

    Find out more about Big Drop Brewing Co: www.bigdropbrew.com

     

    Real Kombucha

    If you’ve made the assumption that kombucha is a hipster homebrew fad that has East London in its peculiar grip, you might want to hit refresh. Restaurants as prominent as The Fat Duck, Nathan Outlaw, Sat Bains, L’Enclume, The Clove Club and La Gavroche are now offering kombucha as a genuine alternative to alcohol – a timely choice given the change in attitudes towards more healthy food and drink consumption.

    At the forefront of this you’ll find Real Kombucha, a brewery in the Chilterns that works with over 50 Michelin-starred restaurants and some of the UK’s best-loved pub chains. Founded by David Begg, a foodie who all but gave up alcohol when he realised just how much it was slowing him down, they brew three unflavoured kombuchas, each of them drawing their exquisite notes from different high-end, loose-leaf teas.

    “Imagine the situation,” explains Begg. “You are out for a very special dinner with your partner or a group of friends. The food menu looks exquisite and you have selected the truffled artichoke salad, followed by a salt cod with local seasonal greens. You want to lift it with a special drink, but you are not in the mood for alcohol. You check out the menu and your options are… Coca Cola and orange juice.”

    “Most top restaurateurs recognise this dichotomy. There are very few foods that are well complemented by sweet drinks. And this is where kombucha comes in. When brewed well, unflavoured, unsweetened kombucha has a lot more in common with a fine wine. It has a rich fermented flavour, with all the floral complexities you might find in a sparkling chardonnay or a light Prosecco. Brews made from different teas have as much variety and character as the difference between a Pinot Noir, Merlot or Gamay grape.”

    Like wine, kombuchas are easy to pair with fine foods. Real Kombucha’s green tea-based Dry Dragon is great with salads, fresh fruits or light Asian dishes. Their black tea Smoke House is robust and works well with steaks and spicy foods. And Royal Flush, brewed from a floral first flush Darjeeling, is a great compliment to white meats and cream sauces – a superb aperitif drink.

    Why we have selected Real Kombucha:

    – Served in over 50 Michelin-starred restaurants
    – Suitable for vegans and vegetarians. 100% natural
    – Low in sugar, low in calories

    Find out more about Real Kombucha: realkombucha.co.uk

     

    Franklin & Sons

    Founded in 1886, Franklin & Sons first sold their soft drinks in their small family confections shop in Rickmansworth, London.

    Franklin & Sons have always followed the ethos of using only natural flavour extracts and colours – never using preservatives or sweeteners. They source the best ingredients in order to produce a well-balanced range of drinks which partner well with a range of premium spirits.

    The drinks are distinctive in the market as they are only subtly carbonated, and to varying degrees, to ensure their delicate tastes matches well with food. Each soft drink in the range includes a culinary ingredient to enhance the flavour, such as wild strawberry and Scottish raspberry with cracked black pepper and Sicilian lemonade with English elderflower and crushed juniper.

    You can try the delicious range of Franklin & Sons soft drinks as part of our gin and tonic menu across our restaurants and bars.

    Why we have selected Franklin & Sons:

    – Sophisticated flavour infusions
    – No preservatives or sweeteners
    – Low in sugar, low in calories

     

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