Upgrading to hangover-free weekends or just looking for a cocktail that doesn’t compromise the planet to taste delicious? A round-up for sipping on trend...
Small Beer Brew Co.
While low alcohol beers are becoming more popular, the history of beers brewed below 3% ABV is rooted in European history and very much closely tied to the history of drinking water itself.
Small Beer Brew Co is dedicated to this, solely producing beers between 0.5 - 2.8% ABV.
They’re also bringing their water connection to the forefront, using just 1 ½ pints of water for each pint of beer compared to the standard 10 pints that many beers consume in production.
Pushing forward with more sustainability initiatives, 100% of their electricity is coming from wind, sea and sun, and all of their labels, boxes and cards are 100% recycled. See more about all of their green programmes on their profile.
In one of the most beautiful social-impact stories of the drinks industry, Karma Cola is on a mission to bring sustainability to a community who needs it most.
“The West African people who discovered cola have never made a cent from the world’s most popular fizzy drink. We thought it was about time somebody did something about that. So we made Karma Cola.”
By working with the locals, not only to invest in the kola nut for the soda, but also in projects aimed at re-building a war-torn village.
Beyond fair trade, the ingredients are also organic (including real kola nut) – which makes this a much better option when you care about making a positive impact!
Playing more with the complexity of cocktail culture, Everleaf is a shining example an aperitif. It’s entering the line-up as a bittersweet option for those wanting a non-alcohol drink to feel a bit more spirited.
Founder Paul Matthew is a conservation biologist, so the theme with this product is “sustainable consumption as well as sustainable sourcing.” They offer a breakdown of all of the botanicals used from around the world as well as descriptions about some of the community projects they source through.
Lemonaid + ChariTea
Another absolute hero in terms of a business going beyond sustainability and driving positive impact, meet the Lemonaid & ChariTea projects.
They are actively shaping social change, with each bottle making a contribution to a range of projects in the regions where their ingredients come from. So far, they’ve raised € 3,000,000 and it keeps going.
Beyond their fairtrade-certified and organic ingredients, this brand represents positive impact and progress – leading by example for what we hope will be the future of more businesses.
“Yup, that’s it” says the can of Spindrift, which prides itself on using nothing but real fruit juice and sparkling water. They’re steering clear of the very untransparent “flavourings” ingredient and instead championed the fruit as it is – no added sugar, no preservatives.
What’s more, the company has put an emphasis on their connection with these fruit farmers, even showing a map as to where their suppliers are located.
As an added feel-good, each can of this sparkling sipper gives back through the company’s participation in 1% for the Planet – a network of businesses committed to supporting environmental issues.
At 15 years old, the founder of GT Living Foods started making batches of fermented tea in his parents’ home in Southern California. He went on to lead the kombucha movement in the US, being the first to get it at stores there and growing the businesses into a range of products that support wellness with probiotic-packed ingredients.
The company has grown but is still family-owned and operated with a focus on raw, organic, vegan, gluten-free food and drinks produced on site.
Acidic and complex, the natural fizz in their kombucha’s offers a way to enjoy an adult drink without the higher ABV of traditional spirits.
Seedlip was (and probably still is) very much a challenger brand. When it popped up in the market, it felt like there was both confusion and excitement as a global audience of non-drinkers finally had a way to participate in the cocktail bar experience.
Some of the hype from Seedlip comes from the fact that it is actually a distilled spirit, though the final product is non-alcoholic. Through their “NOLO” bar pop-ups and focus on the craftsmanship of the product, they’re working to emphasize the flavour profile of a drink rather than how boozy it is – spreading the message of more sustainable nights out!
Unfiltered, vegan and non-alcoholic, Lucky Saint says they are “Rewarding those who aren’t drinking with the beer they deserve.” Their focus is on the brewing process and making sure flavour is king, but with that – they’ve not taken any shortcuts, so you’ll find nothing in the ingredients related to additives, adjuncts or flavourings.
Looking to soak up what seems to be an almost unquenchable thirst for gin, the husband and wife team that is Craig Hutchison and Maria Sehlstrom have created an alt-gin for those who aim to abstain.
They’ve put a big focus on the handcrafted and premium ingredients, sourcing botanicals from a valley they own in Craig’s homeland of South Africa and the water from Maria’s country of Sweden.