BrewDog Nanny State Review

BrewDog Nanny State Review [Alcohol-Free Pale Ale]

Nanny State is the first alcohol-free beer from Scottish brewers, BrewDog.   Malty, hoppy with a seriously long bitter finish, this alcohol-free craft beer is still holding its own in an increasingly crowded alcohol-free beer market, nearly 8 years after it was launched.  Nanny State from BrewDog is lactose-free (so suitable for vegans), seriously hoppy, malty and with a body that belies its 0.5% ABV.  Read on for our BrewDog Nanny State review, tasting notes, nutritional information and best places to buy for special offers.


Nanny State might have been brewed initially in response to the 18.2% Tokyo from BrewDog, but it has definitely found its place as one of the best alcohol-free beers around.   This pale ale pours like a regular strength beer, it smells like a regular strength beer and this very drinkable beer drinks like a regular strength beer too.

Nanny State was launched in March 2013 and continues to be one of the better alcohol-free options.

What does BrewDog Nanny State taste like?

Nanny State, the pale ale from BrewDog pours like a regular strength beer.   It produces a good head and a deep amber colour.   There are some seriously fruity notes in the aroma, citruses and some pine.  This smells like a “proper” beer.  I’m excited to drink it.

And the mouthfeel is full.  Nanny State doesn’t contain lactose (and is therefore suitable for vegans), the lack of which gives many alcohol-free beers a thin, almost watery taste.   It’s the combo of speciality malts and the North American hops that this beer is stuffed full of that keeps it full of taste.  BrewDog uses Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Colombus and Simcoe hops in Nanny State.  And this is a great beer, that has you wondering just how much alcohol is in it.  It’s 0.5% ABV.  That’s all.

And its fabulous. So head on over to DryDrinker and buy your stash of Nanny State now.

Wondering what temperature to serve your beer at? Check our guide on beer serving temps here.

What does BrewDog Nanny State look like?

As you can see from our photo of Nanny State, this is a gorgeous deep amber colour.  I talked earlier about a decent body in the taste and that’s evident in the looks of the beer too.

Brewdog nanny state beer alcohol free

Ingredients in BrewDog Nanny State Alcohol-Free Beer

Nanny State is made from water, malted barley, rye, wheat, hops and yeast. The hops are Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Colombus and Simcoe hops and the speciality malts are Munich, Caramalt, Crystal 150, Amber, Dark Crystal, Chocolate, Wheat and Rye.  There is no lactose in Nanny State alcohol-free beer.

 How is BrewDog Nanny State made?

BrewDog states that all their AF beers are brewed using a micro fermentation technique these beers and are designed from the get-go to be 0.5% ABV.  They don’t remove or change anything, to keep the flavour in. 

Best Type of Beer Glass to Drink Nanny State Beer from

Drink Nanny State in either a pint or a half-pint glass for the best tasting experience. We love these half-pint glasses for Nanny State .

Nutritional Info for BrewDog Nanny State Per 100ml

Here’s the BrewDog Nanny State nutritional information

  • Energy (kcal) 6 kcal
  • Fat <0.1g
  • Carbohydrate 1.2g
  • Sugars <0.1g
  • Protein 0.1g
  • Salt <0.1g

Vital Statistics of BrewDog Nanny State

  • Name:  BrewDog Nanny State
  • Type of Beer / Style of Beer:  Alcohol-Free Pale Ale
  • Brewed by:  BrewDog
  • Alcohol Content: 0.5% ABV
  • Nanny State Ingredients:    Water, malted barley, rye, wheat, hops and yeast.
  • Country of Origin:  Scotland
  • Dispensed In:  330ml cans and bottles.  Some 500 ml bottles may be available.
  • BrewDog Nanny State Calories per can/bottle: 20 kcal

Where to Buy BrewDog Nanny State From (in the UK): 

  • Buy BrewDog Nanny State from Drydrinker
  • Buy Nanny State direct from BrewDog
  • Buy Nanny State AF from Amazon
  • Buy Nanny State at Tesco
  • Morrisons

Want to make sure you’re drinking your Nanny State at the right temperature? Here’s our guide to the best beer fridges.

FAQS on Nanny State from BrewDog

Got questions about Nanny State? Or want to know something specific about this type of beer and we haven’t answered your questions?  Check out our frequently asked questions about BrewDog’s Nanny State below, or ask us yours in the comments.

How many calories are in a Nanny State beer?

There are 6 kcal (calories) in 100ml of Nanny State beer. This means there are 20 calories in a 300ml can or bottle of Nanny State.

Is BrewDog Nanny State vegan?

Yes. Nanny State is vegan beer. It does not contain lactose.

How many carbs are in Brewdog Nanny State?

There are 1.2 grams of carbohydrates in each 100ml of Nanny State beer. A 330 ml can or bottle contains 3.96 grams of carbs.

How is BrewDog Nanny State made?

Nanny State is made using a micro fermentation technique. The beer is designed from the beginning to be 0.5% ABV. There’s more here on techniques on how alcohol-free beer is made.

Other beers similar to BrewDog Nanny State

If BrewDog Nanny State is to your taste and you like a full-bodied alcohol-free beer that looks, tastes and smells like a regular beer then you may also like…

These are other alcohol-free beers of the same style and taste that we have also enjoyed. 

Final Words on BrewDog Nanny State Alcohol-Free Pale Ale

That this alcohol-free beer has been around for so long (since 2013), is testament to how good it is, given that the competition is so much greater now.  Nanny State is a deep, rich coloured beer, with an intense aroma and flavour that will have you forgetting that there is no alcohol, well ok, only 0.5% alcohol in this fabulous offering from BrewDog.

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