Bel­gies choke on zero beer

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A BEL­GIAN brewer will make his­tory when it pro­duces the first ever non- al­co­holic ver­sion of one of the coun­try’s cel­e­brated abbey beers Leffe.

The beers, brewed ei­ther by monks or on li­cence from them, have long been praised as a cen­tral part of cul­tural her­itage in the coun­try and are no­table for their com­plex taste, high al­co­hol con­tent and be­spoke glasses.

Tra­di­tion­al­ists may cry sac­ri­lege but the brewer said that the de­ci­sion was a sign of chang­ing at­ti­tudes to­wards beer.

Non- al­co­holic lagers and wheat beers have grown in pop­u­lar­ity in Bel­gium, with a 30 per cent growth in the mar­ket last year.

AB InBev will be­gin sell­ing a zero al­co­hol ver­sion of its usu­ally 6.6 per cent Leffe beer this month.

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