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Dogfish Head Partners With The Nature Conservancy for Its First NA Beer

Ingredients for a great adventure: a backpack, hiking trail, friends, beer. But alcohol? Not always.

Mother Nature, let’s do this. That’s Dogfish Head’s slogan as they ramp up their beer selection — and partnership with The Nature Conservancy — to get folks outside.

“We want to invite beer and nature lovers alike to get outside and enjoy the splendor of the great outdoors,” said Dogfish Head. And with that invitation comes a more inclusive beverage offering: a new NA beer designed in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

Dogfish Head’s first NA (non-alcoholic) beer was quietly announced during Earth Week, but hit shelves this week. We read up on this new brew and even taste-tested it with the founder to get a sense of where Dogfish Head is going.

A can of Dogfish Head lemon quest with a Mother Nature and dogfish head poster in the background

Introducing Lemon Quest: the brew that gives back. Lemon Quest is an “active lifestyle-oriented, non-alcoholic wheat beer.” It’s everything you’d expect with a name like Lemon Quest — light, crisp, with just a hint of sweetness and a bit of pucker. It’s brewed with the following ingredients:

  • Lemon purée
  • Blueberry juice
  • Acai berries
  • Monk fruit
  • Sea salt
  • Hopsteiner hop pellets

Most NA beers are wheat or lager-style brews, although there are some companies making craft and IPA-style NA beers. Dogfish Head went with the market favorite for its first, focusing on light and crisp, and channeling notes of citrus.

“When we were first founded, we really wanted to focus on including culinary ingredients in our beers, in addition to the standard hops, yeast, water, barley,” said Dogfish Head’s founder and Chief Brewer, Sam Calagione. “And we wanted to do that with this beer as well.”

According to Dogfish, the most requested style beer that non-drinkers want is a fruited wheat beer, based on its focus group testing. I am not one for heavily fruited drinks. Luckily, this isn’t that.

Now for the taste test. This beer surprised me. It’s a wheat beer, but also an NA beer — and not what I expected.

The Lemon Quest starts slightly sour and finishes slightly sweet, with a smooth mouthfeel. It’s not watery, not too light, and not too sweet — in fact, it packs a bit of a sour punch.

You’ll probably notice the hits of Dogfish’s Sea Quench Sour Ale (thanks to the sea salt). It’s flavorful enough — in Dogfish’s words, “super-refreshing” — and definitely a great pairing for outdoor pursuits.

Try Lemon Quest

The Nature Conservancy x Dogfish Head

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit “working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.” Its mission is to conserve our planet’s nature, lands, and waters on which all life depends.

This year, Dogfish Head partnered with the nonprofit to design the Lemon Quest can in an effort to help customers to embrace the outdoors. Since its NA beers launched, the brewer has donated upward of $52,000 to The Nature Conservancy in promoting the org’s “Mother Nature, Let’s Do This” initiative. If you like being outside and NA refreshments, it’s a partnership of epic proportions.

Since 2007, Dogfish has worked to raise funds for the conservation of The Nature Conservancy’s preserved lands in its home base of coastal Delaware. To date, Dogfish Head has contributed more than $1 million to its local Delawarian chapter.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.