What are the Best Beers for No Hangover this Christmas?

The festive season makes our busy lives even busier. It can also make avoiding a hangover even more difficult. Feeling dehydrated and fatigued from the night before isn't fun for anyone - so, the big question is...how to avoid a hangover this Christmas, while still enjoying a beer? What are the best beers for no hangover this Christmas?

At Small Beer, we just might have the answer...


We’re proud to be named after the historic category of small beer. Reaching the height of its popularity as far back as the 1700s, small beer was a staple throughout daily British life and was always brewed at a lower strength. Inspired by this chapter of drinking culture, our founders James and Felix wanted to revive the long-forgotten category (defined as being between 0.5-2.8% ABV), so that you can enjoy beer that’s full of flavour without any of the slowdown this Christmas.

Why drink small beer THIS CHRISTMAS?

In the eighteenth century, drinking water was often unsafe. However, the heat given off as part of the brewing process killed the harmful bacteria found in water, making beer a better alternative for many with the hops acting as a form of natural preservatives, protecting it during storage. The fact that small beer was consumed as a source of hydration and nutrition, by school children all the way up to high society, meant that by nature, the strength of the beer was lower in alcohol.

With the natural diuretic limit around 3% ABV, drinking anything under this alcohol content is more hydrating than dehydrating for the body. In the whirlwind of the festive season, our Small Beer stays true to the origins of the category, with our range showcasing four very different styles of beer below 2.8% ABV, a strength that is far more likely to leave you with no hangover the following day.

Why is Small Beer the best beer for no hangover THIS CHRISTMAS?

Aside from it’s hydrating properties, the beauty of Small Beer lies in the fact that it still contains some alcohol content, giving you that gentle buzz associated with drinking. We’ve also reworked the brewing process to focus on flavour maximisation over alcohol creation. Through long lagering periods and the use of twice the typical amount of ingredients per percentage point brewed, we’re able to produce beer that’s full of flavour at our signature lower strength.

While non-alcoholic beers also give you no hangover, some add glucose, lactose and dextrins to build body and mouthfeel. At Small Beer, we don’t. Instead, we prioritise using the best quality ingredients to provide that big beer experience without any unnecessary additives.

We believe that the future of drinking lies in lower alcohol beer, as it bridges the gap between the extremes of ‘drinking’ and ‘not drinking’. We don’t think that moderation should mean compromise, especially at Christmas when it’s possible to enjoy the best beer with no hangover in sight.

That’s why we’re the world’s first brewery to specialise in the sole creation of small beer, reviving a category that’s rooted in history, but made for today.


Small Beer | Lager | Pilsner | Low Alcohol
The Original Small Beer Lager is a classic Pilsner-style lager with a citrus nose, stone fruit palate and a continental bite on the finish.
2.1% ABV
74 calories per 350ml bottle
0.7 UK units per 350 ml bottle
Small Beer | Session Pale | Pale Ale | Session Beer
The Original Small Beer Session Pale is a truly sessionable, flavour packed pale ale with tropical fruits and a balanced hop finish.
2.5% ABV
85 calories per 350ml bottle
0.9 UK units per 350 ml bottle
Low Alcohol Small Beer | Steam | Amber | Rye Beer
A rich rye style beer, The Original Small Beer Steam is an amber bridging the gap between a lager and an ale with dried fruits, spice and a rounded hop finish.
2.7% ABV
88 calories per 350ml bottle
0.9 UK units per 350 ml bottle
Small Beer | Dark Lager | Stout | Porter | Great Taste Award
The Original Small Beer Dark Lager is all coffee, toast and dark chocolate. Nosing like a stout or porter, this dark beer drinks like a lager and leaves a roasted toasty finish.
1.0% ABV
49 calories per 350ml bottle
0.4 UK units per 350 ml bottle