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The 10 Best Low Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic Australian Beers 2021

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Real tasting beer that’s booze-free? Now you can thanks to these low alcohol and non-alcoholic Australian beers!

It’s Dry July, which is the perfect time to give your liver a break while supporting a great cause! But many of us aren’t waiting for that one month to stay sober. According to the Australian Financial Review, low alcohol and non-alcoholic beers have doubled in sales at major Australian liquor retailers over the past year. This means it may be high time to take on the trend!

So, to help you all stay sober – or as sober as possible – for Dry July and Beyond, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best low alcohol and non-alcoholic beers, with each and every one of them made right here in Australia. From classic ales to crafty brews, these beers are sure to give you a night you’ll definitely remember!

<strong>NORT</strong> Alcohol-Free Refreshing Ale
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NORT Alcohol-Free Refreshing Ale

Partnered with Modus Operandi Brewing, NORT is the new up-and-coming beer brand exclusively in the alcohol-free category. It features four alcohol-free beer varieties which are now selling across Australia – the Refreshing Ale, Pacific Ale, Tropical XPA and All Day IPA. The most prominent of them is the Refreshing Ale, which is a full crafted non-alcoholic beer that’s golden in colour with a fruity aroma and crisp, clean finish.

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<strong>Tinnies</strong> Ultra-Low Alcohol Hoppy Ale
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Tinnies Ultra-Low Alcohol Hoppy Ale

Tinnies Ultra-Low Alcohol Hoppy Ale has just been crowned the Best Non-Alcohol Beer at the prestigious Australian International Beer Awards – the largest annual beer competition in the world. Made with an emphasis on taste, their Ultra-Low Alcohol Hoppy Ale is crafted very differently than most low or no alcohol beers, where the process can remove much of the flavour. Expect a beautifully textured, aromatic brew with hints of citrus and fresh pine. This is one low-alcohol beer you must taste test.

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<strong>Bilpin</strong> Non-Alcoholic Cider
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Bilpin Non-Alcoholic Cider

You can always trust a nationally renowned cider-making company to brew up the best non-alcoholic cider, especially Bilpin. It is positively bursting with apples – from granny smith’s to pink lady’s and even the red delicious varieties. This Australian made non-alcoholic cider also contains no added sugar and is gluten-free. Perfect for designated drivers, but hey, your friends may also want a sip too!

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<strong>Bridge Road</strong> Free Time Alcohol-Free Pale Ale
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Bridge Road Free Time Alcohol-Free Pale Ale

Brewed in the quaint town of Beechworth in Victoria’s northeast, the refreshing Bridge Road Free Time Pale Ale is teeming with everything except alcohol. Expect a juicy aroma of hops with low bitterness and a crisp finish – perfect for practically any occasion. The best part is that for every Free Time case sold during July, Bridge Road Brewers will donate $5 to the Dry July Foundation.

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<strong>UpFlow</strong> Session Alcohol-Free IPA
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UpFlow Session Alcohol-Free IPA

The UpFlow Session IPA is perfectly balanced, brewed from pure malt and paired with lots of new world hop varieties like mosaic, citra and amarillo. And the best part? Nothing else is added or removed, which creates the distinctive full-flavour you can expect from a full-on beer – but it’s booze-free! Crafted with ridgy didge Aussie spirit, this alcohol-free craft beer will have you over the moon with flavour and not under the table.

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<strong>Heaps Normal</strong> Quiet Ultra-Low Alcohol XPA
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Heaps Normal Quiet Ultra-Low Alcohol XPA

What is normal these days anyway? Well, this particular brew from Heaps Normal Brewery tastes just like any other Extra Pale Ale, so you’d think it was normal. But it really isn’t considering it’s ultra-low on alcohol. Despite the lack of alcohol, this Quiet XPA is filled with tropical and citrus aromas, totally unfiltered, with balanced bitterness and subtle malt sweetness. It really does taste just like old times.

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<strong>Mornington Peninsula</strong> Free Non-Alcoholic Pale Ale
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Mornington Peninsula Free Non-Alcoholic Pale Ale

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria is a quaint spot to brew some beer, most especially the kind that is nearly non-alcoholic. The Mornington Free Pale Ale is free from alcohol and bad brewing methods. It’s brewed under a quirky recipe that only allows the beer to ferment to less than 0.5 per cent ABV while harnessing the full-on taste. Expect a blend of bold passionfruit and citrus aromas, which pours into a light-golden brew that is easy-going and unexpected.

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<strong>Sobah</strong> Lemon Aspen Alcohol-Free Pilsner
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Sobah Lemon Aspen Alcohol-Free Pilsner

As well as being exquisitely alcohol-free, this booze-free Australian beer is rich in antioxidants and Vitamins A and C, which is thanks to the hero fruit that envelopes this Pilsner. The hero fruit is lemon aspen, naturally found in far north Queensland throughout the Kuku Yalanji language nations lands. Based on a Czech pale ale, it’s a refreshing brew that not only gives your liver a break but also infuses your entire body with a bit of love.

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<strong>Hawkesbury Brewing Co</strong> Prohibition Ultra Low Alcohol Pale Ale
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Hawkesbury Brewing Co Prohibition Ultra Low Alcohol Pale Ale

Treat your liver and the planet to a bit of healing with this tantalising brew from New South Wales. Brewed on the foothills of the Blue Mountains, the Hawkesbury Prohibition Pale Ale is ultra-low in alcohol and even vegan friendly. Expect an eccentric flavour profile, sweet and slightly earthy on the nose, with a mix of citra and galaxy hops that lavish your tastebuds. If you must match with food, we recommend the spicy variety like this Chilli and Snapper Mexican Ceviche.

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<strong>Big Drop</strong> Pine Trail Low Alcohol Pale Ale
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Big Drop Pine Trail Low Alcohol Pale Ale

The newest low alcohol brew on this list is the Big Drop Pine Trail Pale Ale, brewed in the notorious American pale ale style. Expect floral aromas, followed by a light citrusy bite on the palate with a crisp bitter finish. It’s also an award-winning craft beer, taking first place as the World’s Best Low Alcohol Ale at the World Beer Awards 2020. Match with a group of friends and a warm campfire and you’ve got a night to remember.

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Got a friend who’s more into wine? Well, we’ve also got the 10 Best Low Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic Australian Wines 2021. And if you’re unsure about going sober this month, here are 3 Reasons Why You Should Try Dry July in 2021.

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Editor’s Note: Hunter and Bligh was gifted by NORT and Tinnies. All reviews are authentic and are in no way influenced by our partnership. This article does contain affiliate links which allow us to make revenue off some purchases made by our readers.
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