Virtuous aperitifs, ‘sunset gold’ ale and CBD-infused craft beers: what’s coming in (non-alcoholic) booze this October?

first_imgSource: Hop & HempNon-alcoholic, CBD-infused craft beersThe aptly named Hop & Hemp has added a duo of CBD-infused craft beers. The brews, Easy Times IPA and Lowdown Lager (both 0.5% abv) are made with 8mg of CBD per bottle, which Hop & Hemp claims “helps take the edge off an evening” (rsp: £13/4x330ml).Easy Times is billed as a “full-on IPA that delivers aromas of grapefruit and lemonade from the triple addition of American hops” which “doubles down on the fruitiness and brings in flavours of biscuit and honey”, while Lowdown Lager is “a crisp, golden pilsner-style lager that hits the palate with a gentle, spicy hoppiness and follows with notes of citrus and a lingering sweetness”. Source: ZagZagOffering a low-calorie proposition alongside being alcohol-free, new drinks firm Zag Drinks promises to deliver the “characteristics of a beer-drinking occasion”, without mimicking its flavour.Coming in at 54 calories per 330ml can, Zag’s blend of matcha green tea and botanicals including mint, cucumber, lime and lemon aims to emulate the company’s slogan – “refreshingly not beer”.“Alcohol-free beer has improved over the years and provides an important role for consumers who want a social drink but cannot, or do not want to drink alcohol,” says Jerry Goldberg, co-founder of Zag Drinks.“However, we realised that alcohol-free beer still doesn’t taste as good as beer – beer needs alcohol to create that magical beer flavour.“We have taken beer’s major attributes – a long, refreshing drink that’s not too sweet and looks good in a glass – and created an alcohol-free drink that delivers these without attempting to taste like beer.”It is soft-launching this month ahead of a national rollout in the next three months. Each month The Grocer takes an in-depth look at the hottest upcoming booze launches. This time round we’re focusing on the booming low and non-alcoholic sector with a slew of launches for the moderating drinker,Source: EverleafEverleafRiding high on the vogue for aperitifs and spritzes, Everleaf has already made it into 150 Sainsbury’s stores on the supermarket’s ‘Future Brands’ programme, as well as a variety of venues on London’s cocktail scene.It is the brainchild of bar owner Paul Matthew, whose background as a conservation biologist has seen him study plants all over the world. Everleaf contains 18 sustainably sourced botanicals, ranging from Madagascan vanilla through to Spanish saffron.  Source: Big Drop Brewing CoSunset GoldNon-alcoholic craft brewery Big Drop has unveiled a new take on the premium bottled ale: Sunset Gold is the brand’s first drink to launch in 500ml bottles rather than the traditional crafty 330ml.It is billed as a ”hay-coloured beer with a fresh floral aroma” with “a gentle bitterness and lingering finish”, and is made with Challenger hops. The brand is currently mounting a major push into cans, and claims it will package 6,500 hectolitres of beer this year in the format. Holland & Barratt began stocking bottles of its new gluten-free, vegan lager in cans in July, and Tesco Extra has just started selling Big Drop’s stout in them. center_img Source: FreestarFreestarLaunched earlier this summer, alcohol-free beer Freestar has already made waves, having picked up a 2019 World Beer Award for what judges said was its “good head”, “good hop nose” and “nice mouthfeel”.Founded in March 2019 by three friends who held senior roles at Tesla, Sipsmith and Propercorn, the startup claims to have pioneered a new way of making alcohol-free beer by blending ingredients rather than brewing them.It also promises to be a guaranteed 0.0% as it does not use yeast in the blending process.“We blend malted barley and Perle hops with pomelo and bergamot to create a world-beating, great-tasting alcohol-free beer. The old way destructively strips alcohol and flavour out of full-strength beer,” says co-founder Charlie Crawley.“Choosing not to drink alcohol shouldn’t mean choosing to compromise. So we created a ground-breaking beer that lets you get more from your night.”Freestar is available through wholesalers Bibendum and Nectar, as well as on-trade accounts across London. The brand calls it “bright and bittersweet” and suggests it be paired with either a soda or tonic water to create a “quintessential summertime spritz” (rsp: £18/50cl).last_img read more

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Fulham seek end to Goodison hoodoo

first_img The Fulham head coach has injected some much-needed steel and sparkle since succeeding Martin Jol, culminating in an encouraging 2-0 win against Aston Villa at Craven Cottage last weekend which followed a spirited defeat against Tottenham. Now Meulensteen reckons Fulham can start climbing away from the relegation zone, starting by making a spot of history. Press Association “It is a strong motivation for us,” said Meulensteen. “You should always prepare yourself to win home or away. Depending on who you are up against you have to be realistic. It’s a challenge but more important for us is to kick on from what we have achieved in the last two home games.” The statistics, however, are not encouraging. Everton have won 12 home games against Fulham, more than against any other Premier League opponent, and have not lost any of their seven home league games so far this season. Fulham, meanwhile, have lost five of their last six league away games and have failed to score in all those defeats. On top of that, they have lost their last 20 matches in a row at Goodison Park, the top flight’s longest-ever losing streak at a particular ground. Meulensteen, who earned his reputation working alongside Sir Alex Ferguson as a coach at Manchester United, is delighted with the way Fulham have responded to his managerial style since the departure of Jol. And that includes striker Dimitar Berbatov, who Meulensteen knew well in his days at Old Trafford. Meulensteen said: “I have known him (Berbatov) for many years, I have worked with him for a long, long time and football will always be about opinions. The proof is in the performances on the pitch and so far I can only be pleased with how it has been going. “The players have responded tremendously well and that gives us a lot of confidence to go into this game against Everton. “Every manager has his own style. My style is a mixture of where I come from in Holland, based on good possessional play but with an attacking intent. I have spent many times working alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and it wasn’t any different so hopefully in time to come I can blend that style into the Fulham team, but that takes a bit of time. “In the Christmas period, we have Norwich away, Hull away and West Ham and the cup game against Norwich. That is a challenging time. That’s when you really need to utilise the qualities of the squad. “It will (stretch them to the limit). You need to be picking the right teams for those games.” Striker Darren Bent has recovered from a slight hamstring problem and is available for the Everton match and Meulensteen insists he has instilled a culture of commitment in the squad in his short time at Craven Cottage. Meulensteen said: “I have been very happy with everyone’s contribution so far. The training has been excellent. The application has been fantastic. They are throwing themselves into what I throw at them. “The basic ingredients for any performance are based on work rate and commitment. If that’s not there you can be the best players in the world but you won’t get results. That’s what I wanted to establish first. “You have different players with different qualities and you have to utilise all of them to the best of their capabilities.” Rene Meulensteen wants his team to cash in on their improved form by inflicting a first home Barclays Premier League defeat on Everton.last_img read more

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Albert Pujols excited for first visit to St. Louis with the Angels

first_imgHe’s also tried not to think of how he’ll feel when he actually steps into the batter’s box for the first time, with longtime teammate Yadier Molina behind the plate.“I don’t know and I don’t want to know because if you start thinking about it and it doesn’t go that way you might be a little disappointed,” Pujols said. “But I’m pretty sure it’ll be emotional. And then having Yadi behind the plate, he’s like my little brother and we had success together.”Over 11 years with the Cardinals, Pujols hit .328 with a 1.037 OPS, averaging 40 homers a season. The Cardinals also won the World Series in 2006 and 2011 with Pujols, the latter coming in the final season before he signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels.The Angels and Cardinals then met in interleague play in 2013 and 2016, but both times the series was in Anaheim.Although it was widely assumed that the schedule would bring the Angels to St. Louis in 2019, Pujols said he was excited when it became official last year. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Pujols said he got “a lot of texts” from friends and family, many of whom will be using the $35,000 worth of tickets that he said he bought for this weekend.“The best fans in baseball, no doubt,” Pujols said of the St. Louis fans. “A great atmosphere. They know the game. From young boys to 80-year-old people, they are always into the game. I think the best thing about it is players like Ken Griffey Jr. had milestones there and they were getting a standing ovation by our fans. They know baseball. They love the game. They love their team. Whether they are winning or losing, it’s going to be a packed house. It was a great atmosphere every time I took the field for 11 years and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be that way this weekend too.”Despite the hoopla, Pujols said he plans to keep his focus on winning the games, because he wants to try to have some of the success with the Angels that he had in St. Louis.“We’ve missed the playoffs seven out of my eight years here and hopefully we can get a good roll here and have the best player in the game play in a big spot, which is the playoffs and the World Series. And that’s (Mike Trout). Hopefully, the fans can get to do that this year.”ALSOThe Angels traded outfielder Cesar Puello to the Miami Marlins for cash considerations. Puello had been designated for assignment to make room for Justin Upton when he was activated on Monday. …Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who is rehabbing from an ankle sprain, was set for a second rehab game at rookie-level Orem (Utah) on Wednesday, after which the Angels will decide whether he needs more time or can be activated. …Trevor Cahill was sent to Salt Lake City to throw about 75 pitches in a Triple-A game on Friday night. Cahill, who is out with an elbow issue, is expected to be ready after one game, Manager Brad Ausmus said. It’s unclear in what role the Angels would use Cahill after he returns, or who he would replace on the roster. …Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros JC Ramírez felt good after his rehab outing on Tuesday night with Salt Lake, Ausmus said. Ramírez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is expected to use just about all 30 days of his rehab assignment, which means he would rejoin the Angels around June 29. The Angels haven’t yet decided on a role for Ramírez because “we don’t know what will happen between now and then,” Ausmus said. …Keynan Middleton, who is also rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has not started facing hitters, and Ausmus said he’s not sure when that will happen. …Matt Harvey, who is out with a back injury, has resumed baseball activity, but there’s no timeline for his return, Ausmus said. …Justin Bour, Tommy La Stella and Kevan Smith did the EdgeWalk at the top of the CN Tower. Supported by a safety rail, visitors can walk around the outside of the observation deck 116 stories above the ground. “There were a couple times when I wasn’t sure all the members participating were going to go through with it, but we all did and I’m glad we did,” Bour said.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Jose Suarez, 2-1, 4.50) at Blue Jays (LHP Clayton Richard, 0-3, 7.52), Thursday, 4:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM TORONTO — Albert Pujols is days away from a moment he’s been anticipating for years.The Angels will open a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday, offering Pujols the first chance to play in front of the fans who cheered him for the first 11 years of a career that will send him to the Hall of Fame.“I think it’s going to be emotional,” Pujols said Wednesday. “I don’t get too emotional, but for myself, it will be like that. When I got to St. Louis I was 21 and when I left I was 32. I got there as a baby and left as a man. You can’t ignore the success I had there, individually and team accomplishments, winning championships. It’s pretty awesome. I’m excited.”It’s unclear exactly how the Cardinals will honor Pujols throughout the weekend series. So far all he knows is that he’s having a press conference on Friday afternoon, but he’s unsure about what sort of on-field ceremonies or presentations there might be.center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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