Village Brewery launches non-alcoholic stout

In beer circles, stout rarely means a beefy alcohol content.

In fact, unless it’s an imperial, porter or extra stout, it usually falls in the 4-5 (ABV) per cent range (Guinness Draught, for example, is around 4.2-4.3 per cent).

So, really, you’re not missing out on the booze, as long as the flavour is there.

Calgary’s beloved Village Brewery is hoping they’ve got the key to that and a craft alternative for those who are looking for a non-alcoholic option with the launch of their new Village Local Stout.

The second of their boozeless options — the first being their pale ale — Village’s new craft creation is described as: “a silky-smooth Stout, brewed with all Albertan malted barley roasted to a black malt that provides bold notes of chocolate and roasted coffee. The Village Local Stout is lightly hopped with a subtle bitterness to balance the strong malt backbone and contribute to a well-rounded brew.”

Said head brewer Jeremy McLaughlin in a release, “We were really excited to make these non-alcoholic beers as a way to provide a high-quality, craft version of a product that beer drinkers had historically not had many options in.

“We hope that the Village Local beers can breathe new life into the non-alcoholic category with a strong craft offering.”

Making the stout even more enticing is the fact that it’s a relatively healthy option, too, having only 70 calories and 17g of carbs. 

My goodness.

Village Local Stout is available now in four packs of 473ml cans from Safeway and Sobey’s, and various liquor stores in Alberta, and will shortly be available in Calgary Co-op grocery stores.

It will officially be launched at the Village Taproom on Wednesday, March 4 from 2-4 p.m.