Independent Scottish craft brewer BrewDog have announced a new take on craft beer and spirits – their first bar dedicated to alcohol-free.
The BrewDog AF Bar will be the world’s first alcohol free beer bar and will offer 15 taps of draft alcohol-free craft beer. The bar will open in central London today, Monday, and will be the first of the company’s global bars to feature a line-up solely devoted to drinks without alcohol.
In addition to this, BrewDog will be running Drink All You Can Jan across all bars. The initiative offers drinkers unlimited refills of BrewDog alcohol-free beers in all bars for the entire month.
And with 24% of beer drinkers choosing more low or no-alcohol options, the brewery are piloting a new concept for their bar division, with a view to rolling it out across the UK and into Europe.
The BrewDog AF Bar opens at noon and is located in the Mews Unit of the Bower Development at 211 Old Street, EC1V 9NR.
The demand for and popularity of alcohol-free beer is increasing; Market research organisation Mintel have reported 28% of beer drinkers are cutting back on consumption because of health concerns and recent analysis by EeBria Trade has noted sales of low and no-alcohol beers have risen 381% since 2017.
BrewDog pioneered low-alcohol beers in the UK with the release of Nanny State in August 2009, which is the UK’s best-selling alcohol-free craft beer. The brewery has since followed it up with the alcohol-free version of their flagship Punk IPA, Punk AF.
BrewDog is also expanding its core range of alcohol-free beers with two tasty new additions. Wake Up Call, a Coffee Stout and Hazy AF, an alcohol-free take on its existing New England IPA, Hazy Jane join Nanny State and Punk AF.
The BrewDog AF Bar will be serving all of these beers alongside others, with 15 taps of draft alcohol-free craft beer along with alcohol-free spirits and Designated Cider, the new alcohol-free cider from Hawkes. The bar will also offer a range of burgers, salads and Buffalo wings and a series of healthy specials. Brunch will also be on offer at weekends.
Visitors to the bar will be able to take part in a programme of on-going activities including Hip Hop Karaoke, Dabbers Bingo, Famous First Words and other partners yet to be announced.
The bar will open at noon on Monday 6 January, and will then be open noon-11pm Sunday to Thursday and noon-11.30pm Friday and Saturday.
James Watt, captain of BrewDog, said: ‘Drinkers opting for low or no alcohol are in danger of compromising on quality, taste and experience. And that’s just the beer – forget about places in which to enjoy it. We are going to change that. We exist to be a point of difference, and our first BrewDog AF Bar is just that. It is a beacon for anyone in London after an alcohol-free alternative.
‘Alcohol free does not need to be synonymous with taste-free. Drink All You Can Jan is our anti Dry January. Whether you have cut alcohol out or are cutting back we want to show that alcohol-free doesn’t mean compromising on quality or taste.’
For more information and to contact the BrewDog AF Bar directly, visit: https://www.brewdog.com/uk/bars/uk/af-old-street/