7 Non-Alcoholic Beers That Actually Taste Good
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While we’re all for a good time, alcohol isn’t required to have one! And as the sober and sober curious movements are picking up pace, so too are innovative alc alternatives like non-alcoholic (NA) beers. Non-alcohol beers contain 0.5% or less alcohol, though there are zero-alcohol options too—one of which we’ve listed below. And if you didn’t know, many common fermented foods and even fruits contain similar trace amounts of alcohol, so this 0.5% standard for non-alcoholic beer is quite normal across the industry. Of course, follow your personal preference!
We’ve rounded up the best NA beers that actually taste good—or even close enough to the real thing, if that’s your preference—so you can sip and enjoy without worrying about the after-effects. (Or…having to take two Advil and chug water before bed.) And if you’re looking for sober things to do instead of drinking at all, consider these 99 sober activities.
1. Athletic Brewing
Brewed In | Milford, CT & San Diego, CA
Styles Offered | Belgian-style white, Dark, Golden, Hoppy Helles, IPA, Lager, Light, Sour, Wheat
Price | $12–$14 for 6 pack
The #1 best-selling craft NA beer, according to Nielsen? Athletic Brewing! This certified B Corp makes award-winning NA brewskis that are as refreshing as they are versatile, with nine delicious flavors including Tropical Sour, Cerveza Atletica, and a range of hop-infused sparkling water. Crafted in bicoastal breweries, they’re made with local flavors, malted barley, and seasonal ingredients (in a proprietary fermentation process similar to normal beer). Plus, we love how thoughtful the company is—all employees are part-owners, proceeds support environmental initiatives, and ingredients are non-GMO. You can find these NA beers online or in 50,000 stores across the country, which makes going alcohol-free easy and accessible whenever you need. Read our rave review of Athletic Brewing beer (including tasting notes) here.
2. Best Day Brewing
Brewed In | Sausalito, CA
Styles Offered | Hazy IPA, West Coast IPA, Kolsch, Cerveza
Price | $14 for 6-pack
Full of flavor and body, Best Day Brewing brews some of the yummiest beer without the booze. Born (and still made) in Northern California, each NA beer here is simply made from four natural ingredients: water, barley, hops, and yeast—so it’s low on carbs and sugar. Fans of crisp and refreshing beers might like the Kolsch style, whereas those who prefer a kick of bitterness and strong aromas might prefer the Hazy IPA. Either way, you can’t really go wrong—and Best Day supports 1% for the Planet and a number of nonprofit partners with the proceeds. Best of all, you can subscribe to save 10% on every order to keep the hangover-free good times comin’.
Brewed In | Denver, CO
Styles Offered | IPA, Nitro Stout, Stout, Golden Lager, Pale Ale, Juicy IPA
Price | $30–$32 for 12-pack
Grüvi makes alc-free bevs for all of life’s moments, including beer, rosé, and prosecco. Based in Colorado and run by a brother-and-sister team, Niki and Anika Sawni, you’re supporting small, local, American-made NA beers here—and the options are pretty delicious. Coffee and chocolate lovers must try the Mocha Nitro Stout, and fans of beer pong and low-key porch hangs might want to pick up the Pale Ale or IPAs—if you prefer the classics, consider the award-winning Golden Lager. Most beers are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and made without any added sugars. Grüvi is found in stores across the US, but you can also order online or request to stock locally near you.
Brewed In | Anaheim, CA
Styles Offered | West Coast IPA, Blood Orange IPA, Peanut Butter Dark, Golden Light, Oatmeal Dark, Raspberry Gose
Price | $14 for 6-pack
Back in 2015, Philip Brandes launched Bravus, North America’s first NA craft brewery in Anaheim. Today, the superstar lineup includes mouthwatering flavors like Peanut Butter Dark, Coconut Porter, and Blood Orange IPA…and yes, variety packs are available. (If beers aren’t your thing, Bravus has functional beverages too like sparkling hop water and energy teas.) Swap Guinness for the Oatmeal Dark or pair your next spicy dish with the citrus and floral West Coast IPA—it’s never been easier to be sober or sober curious. Enjoy free shipping on every 24 cans or locate a store near you for pickups.
5. Brooklyn Brewery
Brewed In | Brooklyn & Utica, NY
Styles Offered | Hoppy Amber, Pils, IPA, Hazy IPA
Price | $14 for 6-pack
Brooklyn Brewery has been a Williamsburg staple for years, and now the team’s product line has expanded to NA beers (in addition to the alcoholic beers). For NA-specific options, look at the Special Effects line which includes flavorful takes on pilsners, ambers, and IPAs. How do they do it? With a special fermentation method that develops the same flavors, aromas, and bodies of beer but without the buzz! We appreciate Brooklyn Brewery’s commitments to sustainability thanks to its internal Green Team: Manufacturing involves reusable pallet wraps to save on plastic, they’ve offset 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide through planting trees, and they’ve partnered with community orgs like Grow NYC and Queens County Farm. Order online, get it delivered through partners like Drizly, or pick up a 6-pack near you.
Brewed In | The Netherlands
Styles Offered | Heineken 0.0
Price | $10–$12 for 6-pack
Heineken has long been a household name, but did you know that alongside their alcoholic beers, they also sell a fully alcohol-free version? Dubbed the Heineken 0.0, this recipe is complete with fruity notes and a malty body—so while it’ll taste different from its namesake, it’ll still be just as good. (Fermented in the same way as their normal beers, the alcohol is removed via vacuum distillation and then blended.) You can find Heineken in nearly every liquor store and online via retailers like Drizly and Doordash, where a 6-pack comes in at under $10.
7. HOP WTR
Brewed In | Venice, CA
Styles Offered | Classic, Peach, Blood Orange, Lime, Mango, Ginger Limeade, Ruby Red Grapefruit
Price | $37 for 12-pack
For our friends who like the hoppiness of beer but not the taste, may we introduce you to HOP WTR? HOP WTR is a non-alcoholic sparkling water ✨infused✨ with hops and vitamin C plus mood-boosting ingredients like adaptogens (ashwagandha) and nootropics (L-theanine). Choose from classic flavors like juicy mango or tart lime or sweet peach, and you can enjoy a calorie-, carb-, and alcohol-free alternative that will actually have you waking up refreshed instead of…well, with a headache and dry mouth. Enjoy free shipping on orders over $50, discounted subscriptions and bundles, and in-store pickups (where if you text the brand, you can enjoy $3 off a 6-pack).