Bauhaus Brew Labs is doing what no Minnesota brewery has done in nearly 100 years: releasing a non-alcoholic beer.
Not since Prohibition has a locally made NA beer been available in Minnesota. Bauhaus’ take is based on their Homeguys Helles Lager, and is crafted with help from St. Paul-based upstart ABV Technology. The result, according to the press release, is a flavor-forward, high-quality NA version of their true-to-style Münich helles, “brewed with 100 percent German-grown malt and hops. While Homeguys is a malt-centric brew, a small amount of Huell Melon finishing hops provide just a hint of ripe melon and bright berry on the nose.”Bauhaus head brewer and COO Matt Schwandt recently had to substantially reduce his alcohol consumption due to an unexpected medical issue. But as he explains in a press release, he still loves the taste of beer and believes there are many people for whom an NA beer will be appealing.
“There are plenty of people who want to either cut back or eliminate alcohol completely, but they still want to go out and enjoy the experience and kinship of sharing a pint among their friends,” Schwandt says. “Our company philosophy is built around the idea of inclusivity, so creating a welcoming environment for patrons seeking something other than an alcoholic beverage is incredibly important to us.”
His verdict of NA Homeguys: “It tastes like real beer!”
According to Beverage Daily, demand for low-alcohol or non-alcoholic beer and wine is increasing, and the category is expected to grow eight percent over the next five years. With Bauhaus leading the charge, it’s likely we’ll soon see others start to pop up around the state.
The NA version of Homeguys Helles Lager will be available year round at Bauhaus’ taproom beginning Wednesday, December 19.