Alcohol-Free Drinks Festival

This month, Fishguard will be hosting a drinks festival that’s guaranteed to be hangover free. Andrew Misell from the charity Alcohol Change tells the story

Why would anyone want to drink an alcohol-free beer? It’s a question that gets asked a lot. It’s a good question too because it raises a lot of other questions about why we drink beer, or cider, or wine, or any other kind of alcoholic drink.

Alcohol-Free Drinking

Many of us have a favourite tipple: a particularly refreshing lager, a curious local ale, a nice full-bodied red wine, or a fruity white. We like the taste of it, the aroma, the look of it, especially when it’s served in just the right glass. They’re the drinks we go to relax, socialise, and cheer ourselves’ up. But how would we feel if that favourite drink wasn’t alcoholic? What if there was a drink just like it that didn’t get us even the tiniest bit drunk?

A few years ago, that would have been a stupid question to ask, because there were no decent alcohol-free drinks – or at least very few. If we wanted time off from alcohol, we had a cup of tea, a glass of water, or we were stuck sipping sugary pop all evening whilst everyone else got merry. That’s all changing, with one of the biggest shifts in the drinks industry in decades. Major brewers are talking quite openly about a fifth or a quarter of the drinks they sell being low-alcohol or alcohol-free. A couple of years ago at Alcohol Change, we started reviewed whatever alcohol-free drinks for grown-ups we could find. We’ve now got around 150 reviews online – beers, ciders, wines, cocktails and even spirits! If anything, these days the amount of choice is baffling. Which is why we’re giving you a chance to try before you buy. On 9 January we’ll be hosting a drinks festival in Fishguard with nothing over 0.5% alcohol. We’ll have ale, lager, wheat beer, cider, wine, and maybe a cocktail or two, plus some tasty nosh to keep you going. January has become a month in which many people give up alcohol altogether. But even if you’re not having a Dry January, we hope you’ll come along on 9 January to enjoy a dry night out!

Alcohol-Free Drinking

The Fishguard and Goodwick Alcohol-Free Beer and Cider Festival will take place from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday 9 January at the Rugby Club on West Street. All food and drink are free of charge.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty Parsons

Kitty is an incomer, with five summers under her belt and the knowledge that even the wettest and greyest of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire. She knows she will never live long enough to be considered a local but hopes to leave some small mark through writing about this beautiful county and its people.

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