One of the frequently asked questions we get is “where can I buy non-alcoholic beer?” The answer is not as clear as you may expect. According to the National Law Review, “As part of the general move to better-for-you beverages, non-alcoholic (NA) options have been and will likely continue to be on the rise. However, how NA is treated, or not treated, as “beer” has significant impact on its potential route to market.”
Direct to Consumer (shipping directly to your doorstep) – Most of these decisions are made at the state level which is why shipping to consumers is limited on our website. According to the National Law Review, “A vast majority of states have statutory definitions of “beer” similar to the IRC’s definition, which include a minimum threshold of 0.5% ABV. Some states, such as Arizona, Georgia, Idaho and Tennessee, have broad definitions of “beer” or “malt beverage” that are not tied to a specific alcohol content (similar to the FAA Act). Meanwhile, other states like Pennsylvania and Kansas have specific legislation which directly regulates NA malt beverages.”
Retailers – Similarly to alcoholic beer, you can purchase non-alcoholic beer from your local retailers. Again, state regulations play a role. According to the Washington Post, “In some states, like California, you can buy beer, wine and liquor at the grocery store. In others, you can buy beer at the supermarket but need to make a separate trip to the liquor store to buy wine and hard alcohol. In still others, like Utah, alcoholic beverages can only be purchased at state-run facilities.”
Laws are still catching up with this growing trend and we hope to be able to ship to all 50 states soon. Would love to hear where y’all want to buy Rightside!
Take care and be well,