Thirst-Quenching Essentials: Non-Alcoholic Beers 

No matter the season, a refreshing beverage can lift our spirits with colourful flavours and aromas that awaken the senses. Whether it’s a family gathering, a celebratory event, an intimate dinner, or a normal day after work, a nice drink is often a staple that ties our precious memories together. It’s that nice glass of red wine or the delicious craft beer that can take a meal to the next level. For those that aren’t too keen on the alcoholic variety or just looking to try something unique, we have a satisfying selection of beverages that you will surely enjoy. Below is a guide of non-alcoholic beers at our stores along with some tasty pairing suggestions for you to try. So, grab an ice-cold glass (or can) and a satisfying snack or two!  

Beer Brewing

Beer Basics 

The taste of beer can essentially be broken down into four key components: sweetness, bitterness, mouthfeel, and aromatics. All of these come from a combination of ingredients, the fermentation process, filtration, and maturation that forms the overall profile of a good brew. 

Essential Flavour Components 

Hops: Derived from the flowers of the hop plant, this is what gives beer the bitterness, aromas, and distinctive flavours we enjoy. It serves as a contrast to balance the richness and sweetness provided by a beer’s malts. 

Malts: These germinated grain seeds give your beer its signature mouthfeel, colour, and sweetness. Wheat, oat, barley, rye, and other cereals are common malts that aid in the fermention process by releasing starches and sugars for yeast to produce alcohol. The malts are also what gives these brews their rich profile and a bready quality.  

  • Hops
  • Malts

The IBU Scale 

Standing for International Bitterness Units scale, this is a numerical range that measures a beers bitterness. This range of bitterness is measured from 0 to 120. It is important to point out, though a beer may have a high IBU, that does not necessarily mean it is more bitter. This is because brewers can balance the taste with malts and aromatics to add depth, flavour, and sweetness. 

Example of IBU measurements in different beer types

Lager: 5–15 IBU 

Pilsner: 20–40 IBU 

Pale Ale: 30–50 IBU 

Stout: 25–40 IBU 

Imperial Stout: 50–80 IBU

IPA: 50–70 IBU

Farm Boy Non-Alcoholic Beers

Farm Boy Pale Ale and IPA Non-Alcoholic Beers.
Farm Boy Pale Ale Non-Alcoholic Beer

Farm Boy™ Pale Ale Non-Alcoholic Beer 

Flavour: Crisp, balanced-bitterness with notes of citrus and pine.  

Pair with: Farm Boy™ Fennel Taralli Breadsticks

Link: Farm Boy™ Pale Ale Non-Alcoholic Beer

Farm Boy IPA Non-Alcoholic Beer

Farm Boy™ IPA 

Flavour: Smooth taste with fruity, tropical notes. 

Pair with: Farm Boy™ Sugar Cinnamon Crisps

Link: Farm Boy™ IPA Non-Alcoholic Beer

Sober Carpenter Non-Alcoholic Beer

The story of this Ontario-brewed beverage begins with two brothers who have a strong passion for delicious craft beer. It’s a journey that started with home-brewing (in their parent’s basement), experimentation, and lots of tasting! As they started their own families, they wanted a way to continue to enjoy crisp and flavourful brews without all the alcohol. They discovered that there weren’t many non-alcoholic options that delivered the same quality, taste, and mouthfeel of a great beer. So, they took matters into their own hands by using their skills and knowledge to create Sober Carpenter. A Montreal-based company that prides itself on brewing some of the best craft-style, non-alcoholic beers on the market.    

These non-alcoholic bev’s are made with aromatic hops and malts that provide an uncompromising taste and finish. Using the stop fermentation method, they can shorten and halt the natural fermentation process during brewing. This limits the amount of alcohol produced while still delivering that familiar mouthfeel and bitterness you enjoy. Paired with special filtration techniques, they craft non-alcoholic beers that have rich flavour profiles and depth. Even better, their beverages contain almost half the calories of most alcoholic beers! Below are highlights of the Sober Carpenter products that we carry in our stores, along with some ways that you can enjoy this versatile drink. 

Sober Carpenter Blonde Ale 

Sober Carpenter Blonde Ale 

Flavour: Light touches of malt flavour with a crisp hoppy finish. 

Pair with: Farm Boy™ Mini Twists Pretzels

Link: Blonde Ale

Sober Carpenter Irish Red Ale 

Sober Carpenter Irish Red Ale 

Flavour: Malt profile with hints of roasted barley, coffee, and caramel. 

Pair with: Farm Boy™ Gianduja Covered Coffee Flavoured Hazelnuts

Link: Irish Red Ale

Sober Carpenter Organic Session IPA 

Sober Carpenter Organic Session IPA 

Flavour: Bright and tropical with a slightly bitter finish. 

Pair with: Farm Boy™ Sriracha Honey Roasted Peanuts

Link: Organic Session IPA

Sober Carpenter West Coast IPA 

Sober Carpenter West Coast IPA 

Flavour: Floral notes with a touch of citrus and tropical fruits. It has a balanced bitterness with a refreshing finish. 

Pair with: Farm Boy™ Prosciutto & Pear Stone-Baked Flatbread

Link: West Coast IPA

Sober Carpenter White Wheat Beer 

Sober Carpenter White Wheat Beer 

Flavour: Rich Belgian-style beer with aromas of orange and coriander. 

Pair with: Farm Boy™ All Dressed Nut Crisps 

Link: White Wheat Beer

Try this!

  • Sober Carpenter Craft Cider
  • Apple Raspberry Mimosa

Sober Carpenter Craft Cider

Recipe link: Virgin Apple Raspberry Mimosa

Link: Craft Cider

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