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Drought of Alcohol Free Adult Drinks

As a business owner and when on business and/or networking, I get rather frustrated at a pour choice of adult alcohol free drinks in pubs and restaurants.

The average pub offers one beer, typically, Becks Blue or Kalibar and there is generally no choice of de-alcoholised wine. This also applies to hotels and restaurants!

I am sure that there must be some pubs, hotels and restaurants that do offer a good range of alcohol free beers and lagers together with de-alcoholised wines.

Apart from non-drinkers, there are business people that prefer not to drink whilst talking business and networking. In addition, there are the nominated drivers that would like to share a glass of wine but without the alcohol (Drinkaware).

In my view, Germany leads the way for de-alcoholised beers as many German breweries produce their beer range with the alcohol removed. The Germans also produce a good tasting choice of wines that have had the alcohol removed. California and Spain, in my view, also offer a wide selection of quality de-alcoholised wines.

Arial Vineyards of California, with their Arial Blanc, got the attention of the wine world when they won a Gold Medal against wines with alcohol. Since that historic event, Arial wines have been judged in eight professional wine competitions to be superior to wines with alcohol.

De-alcoholised wines are real wines with almost all the alcohol removed rather than grape juice with flavouring. This also applies to the de-alcoholised beers.

I enjoy an alcoholic drink, however, there are times I prefer not to drink alcohol (driving and on business for example) or when I want a clear head the next day.

I would like to encourage owners of pubs, wine bars, hotels and restaurants to offer a range of ‘adult’ alcohol free alternatives (even if the de-alcoholised wine is only offered by the bottle to avoid possible wastage).

If you are a pub, hotel, restaurant owner or individual and don’t know where to buy alcohol free adult drinks from, please email me and I will provide a list of suppliers I buy from. I don’t supply myself but I can let you know who I buy from glynn.harby@dalesaccountancy.co.uk.

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