Beer: Hope for ‘NA’
Nonalcoholic beers have long been a poor substitute for the real thing, and “many are downright undrinkable,” said Jessica Lahey in The Washington Post. The failures are often boiled to remove the alcohol, which also removes flavor. But with demand for NA beers rising, brewers big and small are trying harder, and a few have made breakthroughs.
Bravus Oatmeal Stout ($13 for six). California-based Bravus also makes an excellent IPA, but the stout is “nothing short of a revelation”—impossible to distinguish from a traditional stout.
WellBeing Heavenly Body Golden Wheat ($12 for six). Before I tried Bravus, this Missouri-brewed NA beer was “by far the best I’d ever had.”
Clausthaler Amber Dry Hopped ($7 for six). The hops added late won’t fool expert palates, said Eater.com, but this German newcomer combines citrusy aromatics and “toasty” caramel flavor.