Brewdog’s Nanny State


Drink – Nanny State
Type – non-alcoholic ale
Alcohol content – 0.5%
Rating– 82/100
Review – Full of hoppy, bitter, malty flavours and at just 0.5% ABV Brewdog’s Nanny State makes for a very drinkable and refreshing alcohol-free pale ale. Definitely a recommended non-alcoholic beer worthy of a place on MyDryBar.

It has certainly taken a while to review my first alcohol-free Brewdog beer. I am sure you’ve come across the Brewdog brand given their massive marketing efforts over the past number of years. Originally formed in Scotland in 2007 BrewDog has gone on to be the leading craft brewer in Europe (no mean feat) so it wasn’t surprising they would create a number of alcohol-free beers and today I tried their Nanny State hoppy pale ale.

Nanny State was actually launched all the way back in 2009 with a low alcohol content of just 1.1% but over the years a new version has been made and the ABV is now just 0.5%. It also has quite the reputation of being a particularly bitter alcohol-free beer and that’s due to it using the likes of columbus, simcoe and amaraillo hops as well as speciality malts.

So with all that in mind was Nanny State the top dog or a primadonna pooch? Well, you’ll just need to read my review below to find out.

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Is Nanny State any good?


Given I am a fan of BrewDog’s other beers I had high expectations with Nanny State … and I am pleased to say I was not disappointed. This alcohol-free hoppy beer has everything you’re looking for. It is malty and bitter, hoppy and refreshing – a great combo indeed. I was worried that it would be too bitter but actually wasn’t too intense. Carbonation was balanced with a reasonably dry finish. Overall, very tasty indeed. 

Aroma & Appearance

Given its a hoppy beer it isn’t unexpected that hops dominate the aroma although you do get notes of pine,  malt and citrus. When poured into the glass it had a dark golden amber colour and thankfully resulted in a very frothy head (well for an alcohol-free beer anyhow). 

Bonus points

Brewdog’s Nanny State is one of the lowest-calorie beers I’ve come across (just 6 per 100ml). It is suitable for vegan free drinkers but does contain gluten, When it comes to buying this beer it is pretty universal and you can find it on most supermarket shelves, online specialists, as well as via Brewdog’s site itself. 

Buy Nanny State

At the time of writing, you can buy this alcohol-free pale ale from most supermarkets and online retailers. You can also buy it from Brewdog’s site or from the online specialist below.  

uk customers

dry drinker logo

The Dry Drinker is a great allrounder when it comes to alcohol-free drinks with a great range of wines, beers and spirits.

COST (at time of publication) – £16 x 8


us customers


Drizly is one of the USA’s leading online alcohol retailers with a large selection of alcohol-free products to choose from.

COST (at time of publication) – $10.99 x 6


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Key information

– per 100ml

Brewery –  Brewdog

Country – UK

Alcohol content – 0.5%

Calories – 6

Ingredients – water, malted barley, rye, wheat, hops, yeast.

Vegan friendly? – yes

Gluten-free? – no

Availability – easy

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