Days Brewery produces alcohol-free beers to get you through lunch without putting an early end to your work day. Their zero-alcohol lager is fresh, crisp and bready, but could do better on mouthfeel and finish. It’s like eating jackfruit instead of pulled pork: it’s probably better for you, but you can absolutely tell the difference.
While the month of Stoptober is predominantly aimed at getting people to stop smoking, there’s a handful of people out there “going sober for October” too. I’ll admit, the frequency with which I’ve said “treat yo’self” in the mirror while cracking open yet another can of Vocation’s Life & Death IPA has not been great for my health.
But it’s not just your liver in need of help. Pubs and breweries have had a tough few months too, hit first by lockdown, then missing out on VAT cuts brought in elsewhere in the hospitality sector, then hit again by a 10pm curfew. As the nights draw in, the temperature cools, and it starts to feel a little more like January, it’s time to dive back into the world of alcohol-free beers.
That’s what we have here from Days, a brewery targeting people “who want to do more with their days”. I’ll be honest, I often do more with my days when I’ve had a few too many beers – that’s part of the problem I’m trying to avoid – but I appreciate the goal of producing a beer you can have with lunch without needing a nap by 3pm. Rocking in at just 73 calories per bottle is a nice bonus too.
Days’ lager pours a pale gold with a thin, white head that soon fades. The aroma is crisp and sweet, a little corn with the slightest metallic twang. There’s that bready sweetness on the palate that we picked up from the Erdinger back in January, a touch of lemon, mellowing out to Nice biscuits as it warms in the mouth.
The mouthfeel is thin and there’s no finish to speak of but, honestly, that isn’t such a bad thing given the competition. What we have here is to beer as jackfruit is to pulled pork: it’s not going to fool you into thinking it’s a regular beer, but in the absence of the real thing it’s really not bad.