Katie Fielding quit drinking alcohol after suffering bad seizure in March 2020. Throughout the following summer, what Fielding, who has epilepsy, missed about drinking wasn’t the taste or the buzz but the feeling of community it inspired. So she and her sister, Andrea Grand, decided to do something about it, developing Barbet, the buoyant, idiosyncratic seltzer brand taking Toronto and its hippest establishments by storm.
Once a barren landscape of sparkling waters, diet pops, and a few select beers, the world of non-alcoholic drinking has become vibrant with new diverse options that make not drinking not only the reasonable option but also a fun one.
We’ve rounded up the best non-alcoholic beers brewed in Canada today, all of which are widely available across the country.
Instead of the hair of the dog, opt for a refreshing spritz made with Martini’s non-alcoholic Vibrante aperitivo, a blend of the same-quality herbs, botanicals, and wine as the brand’s famed vermouths.
The herb-forward result of Ben Branson’s research struck a chord with sober and imbibing drinkers alike. Unlike mass-produced non-alcoholic spirits, Seedlip mimics the intricacies of traditional spirits while remaining distinctive to the palate.
There has never been a better time to be a sober, or sober-curious, drinker in Canada. Companies all over the country have set out to improve upon the dire options previously available, crafting spirits, wines, beers, and mixed drinks that rival alcoholic options.
Temporary self-imposed prohibition does offer one plausible benefit: It can inspire us to probe the vast, largely unexplored potential of non-alcoholic drinks.