Heaps Normal is Now Officially the Best Non-Alcoholic Beer in Australia

The Quiet XPA won big at the World Beer Awards.

Heaps Normal
Photo: @heapsnormal

If you’ve been holding off on switching to, or at least trying low or non-alcoholic beer, there is no longer an excuse to skip it. Heaps Normal, the brewer that is making waves with its lower than normal alcohol level beers has just been named the ‘Country Winner’for Australia in the ‘low-alcohol’ category at the World Beer Awards for its Quiet XPA.

Heaps Normal launched its first beer in mid-2020 and this is the first award entered into by the brewer.

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“It took Benny more than six months of trial brews using unique recipes, methods and non-traditional yeast to create an alcohol-free beer that passed the pub test, so it’s great to see that recognised on a global stage,” says Heaps Normal co-founder and CEO, Andy Miller.

“Our mission has always been to change drinking culture and we don’t measure our success on awards. With that said, we’re incredibly grateful to be recognised in a category that is growing rapidly. We have so much respect for the other award recipients in Australia’s non-alc category—Hawkesbury Brewing Co, Tinnies Beer and Mornington Peninsula Brewery—for what they’re also doing to offer consumers a great-tasting alternative to alcoholic beers.”

“Heaps Normal’s Quiet XPA is an alcohol-free beer that tastes like a real beer. It’s got huge flavour and is on par with full-strength beers with that flavour profile. Guilt-free beer every night of the week is now
possible,” said Beer Cartel founder, Richard Kelsey.

Buy yourself some Heaps Normal Quiet XPA here.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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