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The No-Buzz Beer Boom

Alcohol-free brews are the fastest-growing part of the market, and brewers are taking notice

As a recovering alcoholic, Becky Kean’s father had a hard time hanging out at the pub: He still loved the atmosphere, but he was frustrated sipping his mineral water while his mates sampled an endless parade of new flavors such as bitter pale ales, smooth nitrogen stouts, or tropical fruit sours. So three years ago, Kean founded Nirvana Brewery, aiming to create nonalcoholic beer every bit as tasty and trendy as craft brews. Today, she makes a half-dozen no- or ultralow-alcohol brews with names such as Kosmic, Karma,

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