The Good Karma Beer Co was set up in 2020 to cater to the rise in both alcohol-free beers and mindfulness; their mantra being “a culture shift towards a more sustainable, diverse and equal society”. Currently, there are a number of different beers under their folio including a ‘hefeweizen’, ‘black ale’, and the one I am reviewing today ‘Happy Pils‘.
As their name implies, Good Karma isn’t just about the beer, they genuinely want to make a difference and so they directly support environmental restoration and educational projects from the proceeds of beer sales; so you should feel better when drinking it.
So how did this newcomer’s offering fare? Well, you’ll just need to read the Happy Pils review below to find out.
Is Happy Pils any good?
Given what they are trying to achieve around doing good and sustainability I wish I had better news on the beer … unfortunately I don’t, I simply didn’t like it. First impressions were that it was similar to a slightly bitter fizzy water, no body to it at all. It also had a strange sweetness running through it that I couldn’t put my finger on. Not sweet like honey but more metallic/ organic. I am afraid this beer was certainly not for my palette and one I won’t be revisiting.
Aroma & Appearance
To be fair the aroma was marginally better than the taste. Once poured into the glass a malty and fruity smell came through. The colour was like the taste, very light and watery and there was a semblance of a head when first poured but this slowly dissipated.
Ok look I am going to have to award Happy Pils a decent bonus round. For starters, they are doing good for the environment which is a plus. Also, just check out their packaging. Very cool indeed. You can imagine the Beatles cradling these cans in the 60’s. The beer is vegan-friendly but isn’t suitable for gluten-free drinkers. As it is a craft beer it can be tricky to locate (I found mine at the Club Soda popup) but you can buy from alcohol-free specialists.
Buy Good Karma Happy Pils
At the time of writing, you can purchase this alcohol-free beer from a number of online specialists including the ones below.
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) – £20 x 8
– per 330ml
Brewery – Good Karma Co
Country – UK
Alcohol content – 0.5%
Calories – 96
Ingredients – Water, Malted Wheat, Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast, Natural flavourings
Vegan friendly? – yes
Gluten-free? – no
Availability – medium
“Always do sober what you said you’d do when you were drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.“
-Ernest Hemingway, 1899 – 1961
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