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2nd August 2023

Northern Monk’s Holy Faith becomes first ever non-alcoholic beer to win three stars in the Great Taste Awards

Northern Monk’s flagship non-alcoholic beer, Holy Faith, has won an unprecedented three stars in the Great Taste Awards 2023.

Holy Faith, the 0.5% version of Monk’s classic Faith hazy pale ale, is the first non-alcoholic beer to ever win three stars in the Awards.

Great Taste is the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink accreditation scheme, with more than 14,000 entries in 2023.

From 14,195 entries entered into Great Taste 2023, only 1.8% of products achieved a 3-star award, putting Holy Faith amongst the very best products tasted by this year’s panel.

Holy Faith was first introduced in January 2021 as an alcohol-free special release and a year later, after calls for it to come back from customers and retailers, Holy Faith returned and is now part of Northern Monk’s classic range of products available all year round.

Pietro Maltinti, Brewery Manager, said: “This is an incredible result and we’re really proud of Holy Faith. The non-alcoholic beer sector is growing massively, and the quality has never been better for beer drinkers to choose from. We think Holy Faith stands up as a great beer and we want it to become one of the leading AF options out there. I would personally like to thank everyone in the team that made this possible – Brewing, Quality, Packaging, and everyone in the Ops team involved. They all deserve all the credit for this amazing result.”

Holy Faith is available direct from, or in Co-op and Morrisons stores.


About Northern Monk 

Northern Monk is an independent brewery focused on creating the best beer experiences in the world. From two people in a parent’s cellar in 2013, to more than a hundred employees, Northern Monk is one of the North’s fastest growing drinks companies.  

Northern Monk started life in a parent’s cellar with a £5,000 gift from a grandparent. Inspired by these origins and an ambition to give back wherever they can, they launched the For the North Foundation in September 2019, now renamed “Faith in Futures Foundation”. The Foundation will see £5,000 grants offered to businesses, charities and projects which aim to provide a genuine benefit to the communities they serve, or reduce environmental impact.  

Northern Monk Patrons Projects is an initiative set up to foster collaboration, creativity, and community, whose objective is to collaborate with artists, athletes, and creatives across the North, by dedicating each Patrons Project to one Patron. Through the cross-pollination of ideas, Northern Monk treat each Patrons Project as a curated, immersive experience, with everything from the recipe and ingredients used, to the can design, carefully chosen to reflect each individual Patron. Each Patrons Project contains 7 beers and sometimes non-beer items such as glassware or merchandise. 

In March 2021, Northern Monk were ranked number 1 in the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 list, achieving the titles of ‘fastest overall growing business’ and ‘fastest growing small business’. In May 2021 they were ranked 60th in The Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For 2021 list. 

Creativity, community and collaboration are at the core of Northern Monk’s business, they focus on working with the people that share their passion, and their values. They regularly collaborate with national and international breweries, businesses and causes to help strengthen the North for positive change.  

Contact: Tim Ward,

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