Looking for a drink with less sweetness? Read this guide to dry style beers and ciders, plus our top recommends
The war on sugar is changing our tastebuds, with more and more consumers looking for foods and drinks with less sweetness to them. Thankfully when it comes to alcoholic beverages, dry styles are gaining in popularity – although the original super dry beer, Asahi Super Dry, made a name for itself by offering the world’s first dry style beer back in 1987.
The term “dry” refers to a drink with less of a sweet taste to it, so in the case of beer this means less malt has been used in the production of the beer. Historically you can find dry styles in many types of alcohol. The word “sec”, which is used to describe some champagnes and liqueurs, is the French word for “dry” and means less or no sugar has been added after fermentation or distillation.
Here are our top recommends for dry style brews…
ASAHI SUPER DRY
The original karakuchi beer (“karakuchi” means dry or not sweet in Japanese), Asahi has a dry and light-bodied taste, with a refreshingly crisp finish.
BOUNDARY ROAD BREWERY MUMBO JUMBO IPA
Brewed with loads of Pacifica and Cascade hops, this beer has a good level of bitterness, nice floral aromas, malty sweetness and a lingering dry finish.
HONESTY BOX GRANNY SMITH APPLE CIDER
If you prefer a cider with less sweetness to it, Honesty Box’s new batch brewed Granny Smith Apple Cider is for you. As you’d expect with this type of fruit, Granny Smith sits at the very dry end of ciders, with a deliciously tangy and uber-crisp taste.