Nanny State

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A review of Nanny State - hoppy low-alcohol offering from big brewers Brewdog.



ABV: 0.5%
Calories per bottle: TBC

Launched in 2009, and described by the brewers as “insanely bitter”, this cheekily-named ale had a re-launch in 2010, dropping from 1.1% to 0.5% alcohol.

It’s not half as bitter as it was first time around, but it’s still one of the hoppiest brews you’ll ever taste – like an IPA that someone chucked some extra hops in, just in case it wasn’t quite hoppy enough. It also stands out by its colour – a ruby red that sets it apart from the lagers that dominate the alcohol-free market.

The bottle design mirrors the rest of the now iconic BrewDog range, and you have to love Aberdeenshire brewers James Watt and Martin Dickie (the people who brought us Britain’s strongest beer in 2008) for making a quality ale with next to no alcohol, and then for giving it a name like Nanny State, just to have a little pop at people like us.

It’s best served chilled. And, like Cobra Zero, some say it goes well with a curry. Like all BrewDog beers, it’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It’s available in supermarkets, Prezzo pizza restaurants, and pretty much everywhere that sells BrewDog beers – which is a lot of places these days!

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