I sampled a dozen such beverages from upstart non-alcoholic brewing companies. Yet, taste being subjective, my personal favorite wasn’t even an N/A beer at all. The most delicious, hoppy alcohol-free beverage was a carbonated, dry-hopped iced tea: Hoplark HopTea out of Boulder, Colorado.
"Oct. 1, 4:30 pm: At my desk and wanting to hit happy hour, I crack open a can of intensely flavored HopTea, “The Really Hoppy One,” brewed with black tea plus Citra and Simcoe hops. Crisp, bitter notes and 70mg of caffeine pull me out of an afternoon slump, and I make a 5:30 p.m. CycleBar class ready to crush it."
Aspen Times Weekly
Hoplark adds hops like Simcoe and Citra to the brew to extract complementary herbal and citrus notes before the beverage is carbonated and canned... The result is a refreshing sparkling tea with the subtle bitterness of a freshly poured beer.
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