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Hawkshead Lighter Times Low Alcohol Pale Ale 12 330ml Can Case

Hawkshead Lighter Times Low Alcohol Pale Ale 12 330ml Can Case

Regular price £14.99

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0.5% 12x330ml

Low in alcohol meets big flavour! Lighter Times brings together the perfect balance of speciality malts and big hop flavour. Full bodied and packed full of American hops really showcasing you don’t need to be big in volume to be big on taste. Perfect for those times when you need a lighter beer.

How it's made

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Crafting Minus 33 has been an unconventional process, and we're not even sorry. 


The journey to create a low calorie spirit that didn’t compromise on taste and quality started in a lab and involved a year of research to identify the perfect botanical recipe.

Using a traditional copper still, we work with each individual botanical to extract the maximum amount of flavour. Starting with a base of 96% (ABV) grain neutral spirit (GNS) we discovered that macerating fragrant coriander seeds, sweet liquorice root, orris root and dry angelica gives the best result. These ingredients are then left to steep for 24 hours so that the alcohol can break down the compounds and release a heady mix of flavour.

The next step involves preparation of the gin head, a basket suspended over the liquid in the still that contains a combination of delicate botanicals including lavender, elderflower, orange and lemon. The alcohol vapours interact with these ingredients as they rise inside the still and carry each ounce of flavour with them. 

In the final stage of preparation, crushed juniper berries are added to macerated liquid in the still, the GNS is reduced to 50% using UV treated water from a natural underground spring that runs beneath the distillery. 


Every effort has been made to ensure distillation of Minus 33 is a sustainable process. The water used is heated by a fire wood boiler that was recycled from an old steam engine and the wood used as fuel comes from a sustainable, local source. 

As the liquid heats up, vapour rises through the copper still, carrying the botanical flavour with it. The vapour passes through the rectifying column where it is condensed for re-distil. 

Once through the rectifying column, the vapour passes through to the condenser where it is cooled and returned to liquid form. During this part of the process, we remove the ‘heads and tails’ a not so tasty combination of bland and bitter flavouring leaving a smooth liquid that is rested before it is ready to be bottled. 

Hand Bottling

Minus 33 is hand bottled meaning each bottle is filled and labelled by hand. Although a slow process that takes several days, we believe it guarantees the quality of each and every bottle. 

Some Geekiness

Part of our unique distillation process involves stripping the flavour from each botanical. The oils that add flavour and smell to the liquid is evaporated but the colour of each botanical is left behind which is why the spirit always comes out clear.

As each oil has a different boiling temperature, it is actually possible to taste each note as it comes through into the resting tanks - lemon, orange, juniper can all be tasted at different moments.

Waste Not, Want Not

From the recycled, sustainable fuel powered boiler used to power distillation, to our leftovers, we try and be as eco-friendly as possible so nothing goes to waste. Heads and tails are find new lives as rubbing alcohol and even the carpels (the insides of the fruit) are used. 

We feed the oranges from our recipe to Aberdeen Angus show cows that live on the distillery site (they love them). And the lemons are turned into juice for use in delicious Minus 33 cocktails!

Nutritional Information per 100ml

Energy 754KJ
Energy  182 Kcal
Fat 0 g
      of which saturates 0 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
     of which sugars  0 g
Fibre  0 g
Protein  0 g
Salt  0 g
*The nutritional information applies to all 3 spirits using rounded values. 


Delivery and Returns

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If you are not completely satisfied with your order, get in touch. We'll do our best to make things right.

Standard orders usually take 3 days to arrive but can sometimes take 1-2 more.

If you have any specific delivery enquiries, please get in touch with Michael at our dispatch centre at customercare@sadlersales.co.uk

For more information please see our Terms & Conditions.

Reduced Calorie Flavoured Spirits

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Bold in Flavour - Light on Calories

Click here to discover our latest blog post on 'Why you should be drinking Minus 33'. 

The aim was simple, we set out to create a naturally smooth, great tasting spirit that didn't compromise on quality and flavour
Following a process of careful experimentation, we found that when we reduced the alcohol level to 33%, our test panel actually preferred the taste.

After fat, alcohol is the second most dense form of energy and many producers add processed sugars to spirits until they achieve a smoothness that counteracts the burning taste of alcohol. We knew there had to be a better way and so Minus 33 was born.

The Minus 33 recipes remove the use of refined sugars (alcohol has almost twice as many calories gram for gram as sugar) in favour of naturally sweet botanicals and flavours that are bursting with flavour.

The result is a range of juniper-infused spirits with around one third less calories than many of the other household gin brands. This slightly reduced percentage of alcohol means it’s not 'legally' a gin - so just call us rebels.

Many flavoured gins have in excess of 90 grams of sugar per litre. We have 0!
As a result you can save up to 600 calories per bottle - not bad for a product that tastes amazing and is free of anything nasty or unnatural. 

Find more about the taste here. You can also take a look at how we created Minus 33 or just jump straight in and treat yourself! - You'll be glad you did.


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