Ten Best Alternatives to Beer (For Those Non-Hop Heads Among Us)

Photo courtesy Mike's Hard Lemonade
It's the manly Smirnoff Ice.
7. Mike's Hard Lemonade
This is a step above Smirnoff Ice in terms of citrusy malt beverages, and because it's marketed to be a little more edgy, men are willing to drink it too. Like the previous beverages on this list, it's a malt liquor, meaning the alcohol comes from barley, but in this case it's unflavored. All the flavor comes from whatever Mike's decides to put in each bottle--anything from lemonade to chocolate cherry flavor. The drinks are only five percent alcohol by volume, but honestly, they're not bad.

6. Root Beer
OK, so it's not alcoholic, but Saint Arnold makes a root beer so good it could turn you into a teetotaler. The brewery began making root beer because they noticed a lot of children on tours with their families, and they wanted the kiddos to have a refreshing drink at the end of the tours, too. Today, the root beer is popular among all ages, and it's particularly good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you must get a buzz on, though, take a couple of big swigs out of the bottle and fill the rest up with whiskey.

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It's not whiskey, but it'll do.
5. Jeremiah Weed
Speaking of whiskey, the whiskey company Jeremiah Weed also makes malt liquor drinks in cans. There are three flavors: Lightning Lemonade, Roadhouse Tea and Spiked Cola. Like all malt liquor drinks, they don't contain any actual liquor, but the flavors are reminiscent of mixing lemonade, tea or cola with some sort of liquor. The Spiked Cola flavor in particular tastes very strongly of bourbon (thanks, artificial flavors!), while the Lightning Lemonade is very similar to Mike's Hard Lemonade.

4. Hard Cider
I admit it. I love a good hard cider on a hot day. Whether it's the standard Woodchuck or the Texas-based Leprechaun Hard Cider, I can't get enough of the tart, fizzy drink. And it's not just me. After experiencing a decline for the past 100 years or so, cider is making a comeback in a big way thanks to increased demand. Bigger beer manufacturers are introducing ciders to their lineups, and consumers are eating...er, drinking...it up.

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