Drop Bear bonfire stout

2019 was a pivotal year for alcohol-free beers as a number of new and exciting drink brands were born including the much-heralded Welsh company Drop Bear.

Since their launch Drop Bear has been on a mission to create the best of the best when it comes to alcohol-free craft beers … and Bonfire Stout is one of these.

I don’t get to review too many stouts as they are less common than the lagers and IPA but when one comes along that uses ‘smoked malt’ as a key ingredient … well sparks are about to fly. Read what I think of this alcohol-free stout below.   

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Is Drop Bear Bonfire stout any good?


Wow, this has some flavour!  I mean wow. If you’re a fan of sultry, smoky stouts then you’ve got to try this. For me, though it was just a bit too smoky and bitter to finish off a whole can and I would prefer a lighter fruitier beer like their IPA. Along with the smoke you also pick out other tastes including coffee and liquorice.

Aroma & Appearance

Bonfire pretty much smells like it tastes … smokey! That said you do get whiffs of chocolate and malt.  It is one of the darkest stouts around adding to the experience. Although it isn’t too carbonated it actually has a really good frothy head.

Bonus points

Bonfire is both vegan friendly and gluten-free and fairly low in calories.  Availability-wise you can get Dro Bear’s Bonfire in most supermarkets and alcohol-free specialists. 

Buy Drop Bear Bonfire stout

At the time of writing, you can purchase this alcohol-free stout from Ocado. You’re more likely to find this beer however from the following online alcohol-free specialists listed below …

uk customers

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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) – £18 x 8


drop bear bonfire stout

Key information

– per 330ml

BreweryDrop Bear

Country – UK

Alcohol content – 0.5%

Calories – 69

Ingredients – water, malted barley, wheat, hops, yeast, oats

Vegan friendly? – yes

Gluten-free? – yes

Availability? – Easy/ Medium

drop bear bonfire stout

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