8 Canadian Booze-Free Beers and Spirits for Dry January

As non-alcoholic beverage sales continue to rise and more of Gen Z try their hand at sobriety, here is a list of 8 awesome and tasty Canadian booze-free drinks.

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Six months ago, a doctor told me to stop drinking alcohol

The medical advice came after a long weekend of debauchery on a houseboat on Vancouver Island and the resurgence of a serious health issue that sent me limping sheepishly into the emergency room. 

At first, the recommended abstention felt like a punitive sentence. I love alcohol in all its forms and have even welcomed it into my career as a journalist who covers food and drink. I’ve also been known to patake in the great Canadian pastime of getting good and fucked up on the occasional weeknight. 

But not anymore. Now I’m all about the non-alcoholic (NA) beverages…(and ebiles, but that’s for another story). And my timing couldn’t be better, as the number of NA beer and spirit options have grown exponentially in recent years. According to Business Insider, sales of NA beverages increased 33 percent over 2021, rising alongside alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The quality of the product has also increased, far eclipsing that of the old standbys like Anheuser-Busch’s O’Doul’s or Heineken Zero. Today, there are numerous tasty alcohol-free IPAs, stouts, blondes, and lagers, as well as a growing number of zero-percent spirits like gin and rum with which to mix up a convincing booze-less cocktail. 

Don’t wait for your doctor to prescribe them for you. Try one of these non-alcoholic beverages available in Canada today.

Partake IPA

Various Partake IPA flavours.

Sobrii Gin

Sobrii gin and Sobrii tequila.

The Exchange Brewery Hop Seltzer

The Exchange Hop Seltzer.

Harmon’s Lager

Harmons Lager Lunchbox.

St. Regis Secco

St. Regis sparkling wine Brut.

Lumette! LumRum

Lumette Lum Rum from B.C.

Big Drop Galactic Dark

Big Drop Brewing Co Galactic Dark Noir.

Sober Carpenter Organic Session IPA

Various flavours of nonalcoholic beverage Sober Carpenter.

Gruvi Sour Weisse

Gruvi nonalcoholicc Sour Weisse.

This is a special ninth edition to the list because while it doesn’t make the cut as “Canadian-made,” it is sold widely across Canada on well.ca and is a unique option for anyone who loves a good sour. These guys are based in Denver, CO, and know what they’re doing when it comes to NA beers.

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