Jump Ship Brewing began back in December 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Initially named Southside Brewing Ltd, it was founded by Sonja Mitchell who like many alcohol-free brewery founders was struggling to find decent non-alcoholic beers and thought she’d have a go at producing something good. We really should be thankful for these sort of people!
Sonja ‘jumped ship’ from a job in marketing to set up her alcohol-free beer business, and indeed those marketing skills seem to have been put to good use, with their non-alcoholic offerings wrapped in attractive can designs. The business has also pledged to give back to society and the planet, with 10% of their profits donated to charities. In Autumn 2019 they benefitted from a crowdfunding campaign to help them produce new recipes, experiment with new products and increase their marketing opportunities, so if all goes well we should be seeing more from them in the future.
Jump Ship Yardarm Lager was their first product, targeting the most popular style of beer for maximum market exposure. The can is plastered with nautical flag designs, promoting the brand’s theme. Time to crack one open, and see if we’ll be hoisting this from the yardarm for all to see or keelhauling it to within an inch of it’s life! Yarrrrr… (sorry)
Pouring from the can we get a light amber coloured liquid with lively looking carbonation. A decent sized head fluffs up and sticks around while we imbibe. On the nose we get orange and lime citrus aromas and some grain sweetness. It’s certainly more hoppy than other similar AF lagers.
On tasting we get tangy grassy bitterness backed up with some malt grain. The mouthfeel is medium bordering on light and the carbonation is much softer than I thought it was going to be from the pour. We get a clean malty slightly bitter finish to the drink.
Jump Ship have produced a nice crisp alcohol-free lager with a great touch of hop flavour mixed in there. The hops add just enough interest to not scare away your average lager drinker and give a bit more complexity for your average hop-head. If they’d serve this on tap at your local I could see this being popular on a Sunday afternoon!
Nutritional Information (per 100ml)
0.5% alcohol by volume
12 calories energy
(taken from the side of the can)
Water, Barley, Maltodextrin, Hops, Yeast
Jump Ship Yardarm Alcohol-Free Lager Review
A good alcohol-free lager with the addition of some hoppy goodness offering a touch more bitterness than usual.