Alcohol and other intoxicants are considered haram and strictly forbidden in the Qur’an.
The vast majority of Muslims abstain from drinking alcohol… but what about non-alcoholic beer? Is it OK for Muslims to drink beer if it contains 0% alcohol?
Read on to find out!
Halal and Haram: A Primer for Non-Muslims
Let’s start with some basic vocabulary. You may have heard various types of food or drinks described as being halal.
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. Haram is the opposite. Haram means unlawful or prohibited. These two terms are very important and they’re used to describe all aspects of daily life for Muslims – including food or drink.
In order for food to be considered halal:
- It can’t contain anything Muslims are prohibited from eating, according to Islamic law.
- It has to be produced, made, or processed using utensils, equipment, or machinery that has been cleansed according to Islamic law.
When it comes to food, whether something is halal or haram is usually pretty clear but what about drinks? Is non-alcoholic beer halal?
How Non-Alcoholic Beer is Made
Decades ago, non-alcoholic beer was made by boiling away the ethanol (alcohol). Sadly, this harsh process had the effect of ruining the beer’s flavors and aroma.
Newer methods have emerged that make it possible to produce non-alcoholic craft beers that look, taste, and smell like your favorite lager or ale.
One method brewers use to remove alcohol is called vacuum distilling. The process involves using a vacuum to lower alcohol’s boiling point as much as possible which results in the beer only reaching a fairly warm temperature, preserving the flavor while reducing its alcoholic content.
Did you catch that? Vacuum distilling reduces the alcohol content of beer.
The big problem with non-alcoholic beer is that it’s not completely alcohol free. Non-alcoholic beer can contain up to 0.5% alcohol.
Can Muslims Drink Alcohol Free Beer?
Let’s get to the big question. Can Muslims drink alcohol free beer? Is non-alcoholic beer halal?
Non-alcoholic beer is haram (not halal). It contains a small amount of alcohol and is thus prohibited by the Qur’an. Our devoted Muslim readers should avoid non-alcoholic beer altogether.
Even if non-alcoholic beer was 100% alcohol free, any brewery that made non-alcoholic beer with the same equipment used to make regular beer, would be unable to call their non-alcoholic beer halal because it was made in the same facility.
The bottom line is that non-alcoholic beer is not halal. If you’re Muslim and you’re committed to your faith, you should steer clear of non-alcoholic beer.