The Essentials of Making Awesome Non-Alc Craft Beer

From the very beginning, we at Harmon’s wanted to make the best tasting non-alcoholic craft beer possible. If it wasn’t going to taste like a regular brew, what was the point? To achieve this we knew we needed to start with two key principles: 

  • Quality ingredients
  • Traditional methods

 Any brewer, whether they’ve been doing it for 20 days or 20 years knows that quality ingredients are critically important. At Harmon’s that’s where we started. We spent months searching for the best malts, hops and yeast for the styles we wanted to brew. We met with some awesome people who are doing some extraordinary things in this space- including environmentally friendly practices. It was a match made in heaven. They loved what we were attempting, and we loved their passion and enthusiasm. We are probably a bit biased, but we are certain these amazing ingredients are a key reason Harmon’s non-alcoholic beer tastes so much better than our competitors. 

 The second key is our process.  We brew our Harmon’s craft beers the same way any other craft brewery would!  We rely on traditional brewing techniques: mashing, lautering, boiling, whirlpooling & fermentation to bring our craft beers to life. We could take the easy way out and use space age de-alcoholizing techniques, but it impacts taste and that was non-negotiable. So, no distillation or nano-filtration, no arrested fermentations, no secret additives…we just don’t generate the alcohol during our fermentations in the first place!  Seems simple, but at Harmon’s we see traditional brewing techniques as the only way to make irresistible non-alcoholic beer. It really is a win-win. Not only do these methods mean that we retain the full flavor that a proper fermentation and organic ingredients provide, but we lower the environmental impact of production in terms of water & energy usage. 

 There are other benefits too. Because we generate 0.5% alcohol or less in our brews, they are not just environmentally sustainable, but at 60 calories or less per can, they’re also sustainable for on your waistline. 

 Don’t just take our word for it! Click here and order some of our non-alcoholic beer. We offer three core styles for every palate  - with more styles on the way, and deliver to most parts of Canada.

Rob Doyle is Brewmaster & Co-founder of Harmon's Craft Brewing

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