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31st July 2017

Big Drop expands brewing capacity as Chocolate Milk Stout defies convention


Big Drop Brewing Co has expanded its brewing capacity as sales of its 0.5% ABV Chocolate Milk Stout defy convention.  The company, which was the UK’s first exclusively dedicated to brewing only the finest <0.5% ABV beer, launched the Chocolate Milk Stout in November 2016 as a style particularly suited to the winter months but demand has been exceeding expectations throughout the summer.


Rob Fink, Founder of Big Drop Brewing Co explained “We brought out Chocolate Milk Stout last winter as the first in our range of full-flavoured, 0.5% ABV beers and have been thrilled at the response it has received.  Our projections estimated that sales would slow over the warmer months as darker beers such as stouts often tend to defer to lighter brews when the sun comes out and temperatures rise.  However, sales of Big Drop stout appear to have defied convention and continued to rise alongside our Citrus Pale Ale, the second beer in our portfolio.


“We’ve had to increase our production tenfold” continued Fink.  “In scheduling additional brews on a more frequent basis, I’ve had to rewrite our projections and am moving our nomad operations, under the direction of brewer Johnny Clayton, to two breweries that can accommodate our requirements as we’ve outgrown our current facility at U-Brew.”


Both beers are available through the specialist online retailer, Draft House pubs and some independent, specialist craft beer bars with discussions ongoing with other stockists.


Big Drop beers have been lauded by industry commentators as some of the best low alcohol beers on the market, gaining recognition for the depth of flavours normally associated with higher strength ales.  Pete Brown, Beer Writer of the Year, recently said of Chocolate Milk Stout “It’s recognisable as a stout and tastes like one. Just as good, if not better than some full-strength stouts.”


“We have acted quickly to make sure we meet demand” concluded Fink “and put measures in place to ensure supply of Chocolate Milk Stout, and our other beers, continues uninterrupted as the brands grow at such an extraordinary rate.  Big Drop is now entering another phase of its development with excitement building as we prepare to roll out the next stage of our plans.”



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For further information contact:          Kate Hempsall

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