Published on July 17, 2023.
Brewed with the patience of a Saint.
Lucky Saint decided to break rules while honouring traditions, coming up with a drink for all occasions. Alcohol-free beer was nothing new, but great tasting alcohol-free beer would be a revelation. So after two years of working across several breweries across Europe, Lucky Saint’s owner, Luke, was unable to find a beer he truly believed in… until contacting a 400-year-old brewery in Bavaria steeped in history and architecture that produce the highest quality lager in accordance with Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law. After presenting his idea to the owner, it was confirmed that they would be in business together.
After months of travelling back and forth from Germany, brewing 60,000 litres of beer, the Brewmaster called Luke with a brand new beer. It had been left unfiltered and poured fresh from the tank. When Luke drank the first sip, he knew it was the beer he had been dreaming of.
After a few years, Lucky Saint appeared in thousands of bars and restaurant; however, in 2020, Lucky Saint launched on draught – consumers were able to pour their first proper pint of alcohol-free beer.
Lucky Saint’s name was derived from Luke’s journey to get to this point.
LUCKY – acknowledging the luck it took to get his great idea off the ground
SAINT – a nod to the virtuousness of drinking alcohol-free
Their mantra is the ‘fortune favours the brave (and the hardworking)’ which is why they put a golden ladybug on every bottle. A centuries-old symbol of good luck.
Although Luke and his team brewed their beer on a heritage site with centuries-old techniques, they created a truly modern lager using only 4 ingredients. Pilsner Malt and Hallertau Hops are grown in Germany. The malt is names after the town Pilsen, where pale lager originated. It delivers a lightly toasted golden hue with the flavour of fresh bread. The hops deliver the bitterness and modern aroma with a hint of citrus. Spring Water is sourced locally from a Bavarian spring which is low in mineral salts to showcase the other flavours perfectly. Classic Lager Yeast is pitched only once to ensure the beer is clean and consistent.
The whole process is 6-weeks long, where the last step is where the alcohol is removed with vacuum distillation, which removes the alcohol but keeps all of the flavour.
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Chloe looks after all copywriting and proof-reading for Drink Warehouse UK, working with the Marketing team to deliver educational content to all our customers. She has spent many years in the hospitality sector, moving from behind the bar to now helping venues to stock their own. You can find more from Chloe about beer, cider, spirits, wine, non-alcoholic, soft drinks and RTDs all over our blogs, website, social media and Set The Bar magazine.