Whether you're sober or curious about the sober movement, you’re not alone. According to the results of a recent survey by the American Addiction Centers, more millennials and Gen Z consumers than ever before consider themselves mindful drinkers and are saying no or scaling back on booze. Look to celebs like Katy Perry and Blake Lively for inspiration. Both have developed their own line of non-alcoholic beverages.
There are a handful of PNW brands embracing the sober lifestyle trend, and they are bringing their A-game!
Maybe you’re taking a break from alcohol for a night, 9 months, or the rest of your life? Either way, Seattle-based Joyus has a variety of non-alcoholic beverages to choose from. Opt for the award-winning Jøyus Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Dual Pack ($49.98.) The Rosé has Pacific Northwest notes of ripe blackberries, summer strawberries and California citrus blossoms, a perfect balance of west coast flavors. For the white, enjoy notes of crisp green apple, fragrant fall pear and a ripe melon finish.
You can find The Pathfinder at a growing list of Seattle-based restaurants or shop it online ($35). The Pathfinder is a fermented and distilled hemp-based liquid with the intense flavor and aromatic characteristics of a spirit with zero alcohol. In mocktails, the Hemp & Root signature spritz recipe is recommended. It can also be taken as a shot, sipped neat, served on the rocks, or used to modify a multitude of classic cocktails - without the booze.
Lustre by Wilderton
PNW company Wilderton offers a variety of earthy options. Inspired by picnics in the fertile valleys of the Pacific Northwest and dreams of sun-drenched Mediterranean coastlines, Lustre is bright, tangy, and lush with a delicate long-lasting ﬁnish ($34.99)
Rachel’s Ginger Beer
With flavors like blood orange, pink guava, and caramelized pineapple, Seattle-based Rachel’s Ginger Beer is the perfect place to grab a refreshing non-alcoholic sip. This is the best ginger beer in the PNW: fresh, fragrant, and not too sweet. Prices vary.
Wild Heart Sipping Vinegars were born at Sandstone Distillery in Tenino, WA as a complex and delicious component of the distillery's signature craft cocktails. The shrubs quickly became a customer favorite. These world-class vinegars are both delicious and nutritious. Note, these seasonal micro-batches are only available through the Tasting Room or by special order.
Waterbrook Winery in Walla Walla is embracing non-alcoholic wines with its clean wine ($14). Think boasting notes of black plum and dark cherry with bold oaky tannins, a dash of cocoa powder and black pepper on the finish.
DRY Soda Co.
Seattle-based DRY Soda has a variety of non-alcoholic options at affordable prices that will help make any occasion feel special. No booze necessary! Prices Vary.
Kate Neidigh is a freelance lifestyle writer for Seattle Refined. See more of her work on Instagram here.