Ghost Ship Alcohol Free 0.5% is a spookily brilliant pale ale from Southwold brewers Adnams.
It has the same flavours and aromas as Ghost Ship 4.5% ABV. It’s no apparition, treating pale ale lovers to 100% of the taste at 0.5% ABV.
Ghost Ship takes its name from the legends of ghostly smuggling ships that haunt the Suffolk coast, where Adnams has been brewing since 1872.
Great citrus flavours and a confident bitterness, all built on a malty backbone. Ideal chilled for summer drinking.
Excellent paired with BBQ food, and complements the aromatic tastes of spicy Thai and Indian foods.
A selection of malts – Pale Ale, Rye and Cara – are used to brew Ghost Ship Alcohol Free 0.5%. The lemon and lime aromas come from Citra and a blend of other American hop varieties.
Reverse osmosis is used to brew alcohol free. The beer is brewed and fermented as normal and then the alcohol is removed at a cold temperature, leaving all the flavours of fermentation in the beer.
Adnams head brewer Fergus Fitzgerald says: ‘It’s all very high tech magic allowing our Ghost Ship to sail away free from alcohol but remaining full of its original flavours and aromas.’
Ghostly inspiration also came from Adnams’ 600-year-old haunted pub, The Bell in Walberswick. Visitors have been warned over the centuries to beware ‘the Devil incarnate in the form of a Black Dog’ and ‘invisible horses galloping across the common’. In 1931, a young Eric A Blair – better known as author George Orwell – even reported seeing a ‘small and stooping’ man who vanished in the village churchyard …
At least this alcohol free ale won’t leave you seeing things.
There are lots of ways to create low alcohol beer, but many methods involve either changing the recipe or the way it is brewed, and this often alters the flavour. Adnams invested in a de-alcoholiser; a reverse osmosis plant which allows the team to brew Ghost Ship 4.5% and then take out the alcohol.
It gave by far the best tasting beer. It allows us to brew and ferment as normal and then, at cold temperatures, remove the alcohol while leaving all the lovely flavours from fermentation in the beer. It’s all very high tech, but what it does is allow Ghost Ship to sail away full of its original characteristics. So, you’ll still get to experience that famous citrus kick when occasion or preference dictates less alcohol.