Free Damm Beer – and tapas
So it was a bank holiday in the UK on the 31 st August and despite the restrictions some dining out is allowed so we took ourselves to a great tapas’ restaurant in the heart of the city.
One of the reasons I set up this blog was after I went no alcohol I found it increasingly hard to get alcohol free beer without a bad stare or a shrug of the shoulders. Now before you say have a glass of water instead, you are right but 0.0 beers allows me to have choice and I don’t have an issue just liver disease.
However, as many people will testify they love alcohol free beer because they are pregnant or driving or just don’t want to drink alcohol. It’s not all about my liver you know! Who would have thought Free Damm Beer in my home adopted city!
So I was a little nervous sitting down as tapas and alcohol free as when in Spain well it is never an issue. Now they only had 1 choice but it was a good one as it turned out. Free Damm Beer which as many people have said is not actually dutch but hails from Barcelona.
I tweeted the restaurant concerned to say thanks but still no reply. Oh well.
Overall Rank for Free Damm Beer – 00abv.com Rating 9/10
Now in this tapas restaurant the beer came in a very cute small bottle which fitted the tapas scene totally. I felt I was in Spain propping up a tapas bar however in most cases expect to see it in cans.
It does taste better out of a bottle but if it’s properly chilled it should not be an issue. They also presented it with one of those small taps glasses to pour it into, a nice touch.
Free Damm Beer is the same process with the same ingredients as Estrella Damm, which is a fantastic beer as you will know if you have drunk it. Of course, it is different as they have the now more common distillation process that takes the alcohol out but thank goodness it keeps the flavor back within the beer.
I would say this is a very clean beer with the right bitterness. It’s get a high ranking from me.
Water, Barley Malt (8%), Maize, Glucose and Fructose Syrup, Rice, Hops
- Alcohol free 0.0% abv
- Clearly the brand hold weight and you can tell the quality
- In my view no compromise on the taste
- Really light and refreshing
- Less gassy than many zero alcohol beers
- 0.0% ABV value is clearly stated.
- Nice bottle option that looks the part
- Great color
- A true taste of Barcelona and Spain
- Perfect with tapas
- Bottler smaller than some 0.0 beers
- It’s price tag is higher than some alcohol free beers.
- In my view great with tapas so not your lager type of beer, I would opt for San Miguel Zero if that is what you are after. My review of San Miguel is here.
- Not found much outside of Spain in bars
- People think its dutch, no idea why!
To purchase online you are looking at around £21.99 for a pack of 12 bottles 250 ml. So around £1.83 so a comparable product to alcohol brands. A special product linked to an online purchase and you can buy it here now.
I know this is going to sound obvious but tapas, but it would go well with any grazing snack assortment, no stress if it is meat, veg or fish. It is actually refreshing and compliments the food perfectly. So with any charcuterie board this would feel like a perfect accompaniment.
What is Tapas?
Now I have talked a lot about Free Damm Beer being a great accompaniment to tapas but what is it?
Contrary to what many people think, tapas are not a starter. I once heard someone say I’ll have tapas and order a prawn cocktail. Now you might get prawns in tapas but we are probably not on the same page!
Tapas is lots of small plates that ideally you share and can be a mix of everything from peppers, prawns meat balls, ham and lovely breads. There are normally plenty of fish and veggie options as well.
Now to make sense of the Free Damm Beer connection think about this. Tapas or “cover” was traditionally served with a piece of food a family ham to go with the beer and then it progressed to be a selection of dishes.
So if you know Spain, think of Andalucia, in the South and “tapa” is translated as “cover”. I love walking past the original tapas places in Spain where people sit at the bar and have a little bit of food with their beer.
Now of course we can do that with Free Damm beer and many of the other great 0.0% abv choices that have come and are coming out of Spain.
Here you have a great fan of non-alcoholic beer and if you thought tapas was Spanish wide think again. It is very much regional specific dish and the clue is in where this beer is brewed in Barcelona so it makes total sense.
I love walking through that city stopping off and having some treats so it made my day great food and non-alcoholic beer in Manchester City center UK.
By the way the restaurant I went to was called El Gato and a quick search and you will find it if you are ever visiting this amazing city. Hopefully Spain will be back on the agenda soon when the lock down is lifted and I can enjoy the wide range of tapas and alcohol free beers like Free Damm Beer that Spain has to offer.
What do you think ?
Would you consider trying Damm Beer ? Are you a fan of alcohol free beer and what do you think about all the great alcohol free brands coming out of Spain? I would love to hear your views if you have tried Free Damm Beer.
What other non-alcoholic beers have you tried? I would love to see and hear what you think and I always respond. I am always interested to hear people’s view on how easy it is to get a non alcohol option when you are out and about. What’s it like in your country where you live?
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