Cocktails without spirits are slowly making their way into the mainstream. But when it comes to non-alcoholic beer, local options are scarce. Maryland’s largest brewery, Flying Dog, is looking to change that with the launch of an alcohol-free IPA called Deepfake.
“Just like Tom Cruise’s TikTok rants, our NA beer would fool anyone, âMarketing Director Ben Savage said via email. âDeepfakes are getting harder to spot these days and we thought the name was a perfect fit for an NA beer that tricks the senses into believing it’s a flavorful IPA. “
The beer, which contains traces of alcohol (less than 0.5% alcohol in alcohol), uses Mosaic, Simcoe and Citra hops to create a “mellow brew with an aroma and flavor profile dominated by notes of orange, grapefruit, mango and passion fruit hops.
Savage says Flying Dog’s Frederick-based brewers “went back to their beer school notebooks and tweaked every part of the brewing process to make sure they captured the maximum flavor compounds every step of the way. “. The recipe took over a year to perfect.
All six packs of the new product will begin shipping to distributors on July 2.
In Virginia, Charlottesville-based Three Notch’d Brewing also makes non-alcoholic beer, although it is currently out of stock. More competitors could come: DC Brau co-founder Brandon Skall recently said Washingtonian that the 10-year-old brewery is considering producing alcohol-free beers or possibly a soda.
âWhat we’re seeing now is that there really is no limit to what consumers will want to buy and drink,â Skall said.