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26 May, 2021 - 20:48 By Tony Quested

Muntons drives alcohol-free brewing revolution

Muntons, one of the country’s leading suppliers of brewing and distilling malts and malted ingredients, has officially launched its new Premium Alcohol Free Malt Extract.

Originally revealed at this year’s SIBA BeerX Online, the alcohol-free liquid extract is now available to commercial brewers both in the UK and abroad. The maltster, which is based in Stowmarket and has sites in Bridlington, the USA and Thailand, has been developing the malt extract for two years, with the mindset of creating great tasting alcohol-free beer that is more accessible to all brewers.

Described as versatile and easy to use, the extract is designed to give body, mouthfeel, and taste. Muntons’ latest innovation allows the brewer to include alcohol-free options in their range without the need to invest in expensive equipment.

Made by Muntons’ signature process of combining the heating and modifying of the wort sugars, the typical characteristics of beer are replicated.

This then creates a malt extract with low sweetness and a mild fermentation aroma, which is an ideal versatile base that brewers can use to build on and create an alcohol-free version of their trademark brewing styles, ranging from hop forward IPAs to a hearty stout.

Vanessa Makings, marketing manager at Muntons, said: “With a quarter of adults saying they’re semi-regular drinkers of no or low alcohol we know that alcohol free is no longer a niche market. Consumers expect more choices and therefore we want to remove barriers for breweries that want to add alcohol-free to their range.

“Muntons Premium Alcohol Free Malt Extract makes the brewing of low or no alcohol beers simple and fuss-free, and we’re delighted to bring our product to fruition.”

Renowned for being one of the greenest maltsters in the country, Muntons’ Premium Alcohol Free Malt Extract is made from 100 per cent sustainable malt, sourced from farms local to the maltings in Suffolk and Bridlington.

In its centenary year, Muntons keeps on innovating. The company is one of the world’s largest producers of brewing and distilling malts and malted ingredients.

Adding to its two malting plants in Stowmarket and Bridlington, the company’s multi-million-pound peating malt plant has now opened in Tithe Top in Yorkshire. Internationally, Muntons exports its products to over 90 countries, has offices in Singapore and Holland, a plant in Thailand and a sales operation in the USA.

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