Happy New Year to you all! I am grateful that we got to spend it out of the house this time around, even if half of people did have to cancel due to Covid-19 🙁

For those of us lucky enough to party the night away, how many of us said ‘I’m never drinking again!’ the following morning? I know a whole bunch off us fall into that category but rarely try and see it through.

For a number of years now, I’ve taken part in Dry January. Getting though a full 31 days without wine is certainly a challenge but this time, I’ve managed to convince some friends to join me on the journey.

Thankfully, the low and no-alcohol market has exploded in recent years but until recently it was hard to find these alternatives out and about in Tonbridge.

Fear no more, Tonbridge has more alcohol-free options than you can shake a stick at!

First up is the wonderful Beer Seller. They’re currently stocking:

  • Adnams Ghost Ship 0.5% – which also happens to be vegan for all of those doing Veganuary!
  • Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA 0%

To make things even more exciting, they’re getting in a whole bunch of alcohol-free spirits in too, so watch this space.

Now I don’t know about you, but most alcohol-free wines I’ve tried over the years have been, quite frankly, DISGUSTING! Thankfully this has now changed with the arrival of Lyre’s sparkling wine at Verdigris. It is Prosecco-style, genuinely delicious and restores my faith in humanity.

Verdigris are well known for their cocktails too and currently have three beauties available on the menu including:

  • Gin Faux – with Seedlip, lemon and soda
  • Three Hayes Spritz – Three Spirit Livener, grapefruit and soda
  • Driver – with Aecorn Aromatic, orange and vanilla

Their menu is constantly in development, so who knows what might pop up next?!

Now we all know that the Camra award winning Nelson Arms is famous for its beer. Surely they don’t have any decent low/no-alcohol options too? I am happy to be proved wrong. Their selection is being constantly updated, but here’s some of what’s available at time of writing:

They also have a selection of alcohol-free spirits available too.

Unfortunately, due to that darn virus, some people are stuck indoors for a time. This doesn’t mean you need to miss out on some tasty beverages! Tonbridge’s own Master of Malt has a cracking selection that you can get right to your door. There are way too many to list here, so feel free to check our their selection here.

So now the challenge is to go and try it all! See you out there fellow challengers.

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