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How Non-Alcoholic Beer is Made?

Many people don’t realize that there is such a thing as non-alcoholic beer. Beer drinkers usually associate beer with relaxation, social occasions, and a good time.

But it’s not always easy or appropriate to enjoy a few beers in certain situations.

This is where non-alcoholic beer comes in! Let’s take a look at how this special beverage is made and why it might be the right choice for you.

What Is Non-Alcoholic Beer?

Non-alcoholic (NA) beer is a beverage that has been processed to remove the alcohol content present in most beers.

It still contains some of the usual flavors found in traditional beers, including hops, malt, and yeast, but with 0% alcohol content.

People might choose to drink NA beer for any number of reasons; maybe they don’t want the effects of alcohol or just want a taste of beer without getting drunk.

Process Of Brewing Beer

Making non-alcoholic beer involves all the usual steps of brewing regular beer. Here are the different stages:

  • Malting – This process creates malt extract from grain, usually barley, which is used as an ingredient in all beers. Malt extract contains sugars that provide food for yeast during fermentation.
  • Mashing – During this step, other grains such as wheat and oats may be added along with malt extracts to create an ideal water/grain mixture known as mash or wort (pronounced wert). The mash is heated up to convert starches into sugars, which will eventually become alcohol during the fermentation process.
  • Boiling – In this stage, hops are added to the mixture for additional flavor and bitterness. The boiling process also helps sterilize the wort so that only desired yeasts can survive after fermentation and produce desired flavors in the final product.
  • Cooling – After boiling it needs to be cooled down quickly to room temperature before being sent off for fermentation so that unwanted bacteria don’t get into it.
  • Fermentation – This stage takes place when active yeasts are added to convert sugars into carbon dioxide gas and ethyl alcohol (what gives your traditional beers its kick).

Alcohol Removal

Non-alcoholic beers have already gone through all these steps before most of their alcoholic content is removed by one of two methods: vacuum distillation or reverse osmosis filtration.

During vacuum distillation, lower pressure and heat are used while brewing so that less alcohol evaporates during production while keeping other essential ingredients intact.

Reverse osmosis filtration also removes most of the alcohol while keeping other components behind like proteins, carbohydrates, etc., resulting in a more flavorful end product than what you get from vacuum distillation alone — though it does cost more money on account of its complexity!


After fermentation and removal of most alcohol from NA beer comes carbonation — a process where CO2 gas is injected into the liquid under pressure to give it carbonation or “fizz” as you find in regular beers!

Packaging And Storage

Depending on its shelf life requirements, non-alcoholic beer can be packaged in cans or glass bottles for immediate consumption as well as storage over extended periods without any major loss in quality due to oxidation due to its absence of alcoholic content!


Non-alcoholic beers offer an alternative choice for those looking for something other than straight water or soda when having a bit more flavor – plus there won’t be any hangovers!

Although they suffer from a lack of complexity compared with their alcoholic counterparts due largely because they have gone through processes like vacuum distillation and reverse osmosis filtration which removes important components like proteins and carbohydrates.

They still taste great & can satisfy cravings without risking intoxication at social events or during hectic workdays alike!

Author Image Fabian
I’m Fabian, homebrewer and beer taster. I’m also the editor of Beer100. I love travelling the world and trying out new handcraft beer and different beer styles. I’m not an expert in brewing beer, but I know a few things about beer, which I share on this blog. If you need help or have a question, please comment below.

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