«Mindful Drinking»: Berlin Späti without alcohol
In Berlin, there is a specialist shop with an online shop for non-alcoholic beers, rum, gin, whisky, vodka and wine. The makers don't see themselves as «party pooper», but like the trend of «Mindful Drinking».
Germany's «first alcohol-free Späti» (Self-description) opened in the capital. The colloquial «Späti» is a particularly Berlin word for kiosk, shack, late-night shop. In the «Null Prozent Späti
» in Kreuzberg, which is only open until 8 pm, not least because of Corona, and in the online shop, you can buy beer, rum, aperitifs, gin, vodka, tequila or even merlot and chardonnay without revolutions.
Major brands offer non-alcoholic beverage alternatives
The alcohol-free trend, which the beer market has also been showing for years, is spreading. The Martini brand is currently pushing alcohol-free aperitivo varieties, for example. In the district of Friedrichshain
, an alcohol-free bar called «Zeroliq» opened in 2020. «We have more than 200 alcohol-free drink alternatives and help you answer the question «What do I drink when I don't drink?», say the Späti makers, who hail from southern Germany. Katja Kauf (29) and Isabella Steiner (32) also attribute their idea to the rarely questioned drinking behaviour, i.e. the Mimosa in the morning, the Aperol in the sun or the after-work beer.
It's about a «yes to alcohol-free and not a no to alcohol»
There is a social climate in which it is difficult to refuse a glass «without either being persuaded, not taken seriously, condemned or labelled a party pooper», they say. Yet there are good reasons to do without promille in the glass. They are primarily interested in new, delicious botanicals and a «yes to alcohol-free and not a no to alcohol», emphasises Steiner, who comes from near Lörrach. The cliché target group of pregnant women only makes up a small part of the customers. For the past six months, online orders have been coming in from many parts of Germany, such as Hamburg, Munich, Freiburg and Stuttgart.
Will «Mindful Drinking» become a trend in 2021?
Steiner and Kauf are also planning a book on the «Mindful Drinking» trend. Isabella Steiner recently told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: «We believe that 2021 will be the year of non-alcoholic drinks. Here in Berlin, trends are often pre-cooked, in our case pre-drunk, and diversity is a big topic anyway - why not in our drinking habits?»
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Last edited: Thursday, 8. April 2021 09:36 Uhr