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Sun­day 6 Jan­uary 2019

Bavar­ian “noble” hops adds to its em­i­nent drink­a­bil­ity. Over in Ger­many non­al­co­holic beers are touted as ex­cel­lent thirstquenchers af­ter sport, which sounds rather a splen­did idea if you’ve just joined a gym for the new year. £11.49 for six 330ml bot­tles, dry­


The Mi­lan-based mak­ers of this bit­ter­sweet, herbal no-al­co­hol spirit that blends rose­mary, le­mon ver­bena, rose and Helichry­sum italicum claim the recipe is based on botan­i­cal and dis­till­ing knowl­edge from the late 15th cen­tury. A good story in­deed, but the flavour stands up on its own, with a bit­ter­sweet taste and spici­ness sug­ges­tive of a good ver­mouth. Drink it neat over ice or mixed into var­i­ous mock­tails. £28.99 for 70cl, dry­


This is the right time of the year for a brood­ing, whole­some stout and Kosmic doesn’t fail. As dark as a moon­less night in the glass, it bal­ances a gen­tle roasti­ness along­side hints of choco­late and vanilla, be­fore fin­ish­ing dry. There’s a fur­ther plus: it’s cer­ti­fied gluten-free, an­other sec­tor in the brew­ing busi­ness that has def­i­nitely im­proved. Among its other prod­ucts, the London-based brew­ery makes is Ananda, a blend of kom­bucha and its Tantra Pale Ale. Very mind­ful in­deed. £1.99 for 330ml, light­


Those with a yen for sip­ping a no-groni or a mock-tini come sun­down will be in­trigued by this al­ter­na­tive for gin-lovers, which is made by a pub-own­ing cou­ple in the South West. The botan­i­cals in the mix in­clude ju­niper (nat­u­rally), an­gel­ica, grape­fruit, car­damom, blood or­ange and, in a nod to the coastal magic of the South West, sea kelp. In the com­pany of tonic, served over ice, it is tangy and slightly bitter and def­i­nitely gin-clear, while Sea Arch’s web­site (not­ has a col­lec­tion of more non-al­co­holic gin-style cock­tails into which it can be blended. £26.95 for 70cl, not­


Sheppy’s is a fam­ily-run busi­ness lo­cated in the coun­try­side south­west of Taun­ton in Som­er­set. Nat­u­rally, it is known for a va­ri­ety of po­tent ciders; how­ever, this is its first foray into the world of low/noal­co­hol (this is 0.5%). The rous­ing re­sult is a dry, sparkling, thirst- quench­ing cider that pul­sates with fresh ap­ple char­ac­ter along­side a quench­ing but gen­tle tart­ness redo­lent of the or­chards that sur­round the farm where it is made. £1.30 for 500ml, avail­able from selected branches of Tesco


Oenophiles on the Jan­uary wagon might like to raise a glass of this de-al­co­holised red from the Span­ish wine­maker Tor­res. Syrah is the sole grape and the wine is fer­mented and bar­relaged be­fore the al­co­hol is re­moved. The re­sult has hints of black­cur­rant and tobacco box on the nose, while on the palate there is more dark berry fruit, a light jammy sweet­ness and a del­i­cate dry­ness in the fin­ish. Drink on its own or match with a hearty stew.


Tell us – in up to 100 words – why your favourite pub in Eng­land, Wales or Scot­land should be The Tele­graph Peo­ple’s Choice Pub of the Year. Email [email protected]­, with the pub and post­code in the sub­ject line, and your name and a tele­phone num­ber. All en­tries must be re­ceived by 11.59pm, on Feb 2. Four en­trants, selected at ran­dom, will win a £250 voucher, re­deemable against a stay at a Saw­day’s Inn. For full terms and con­di­tions, email

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