near-beer

near-beer

n. beer with less than 1/2 percent alcohol content. (Originally from the Prohibition era.) You can drink a lot of near-beer without getting drunk.
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I got by during Prohibition by making near-beer and by opening an ice cream and dairy plant that remained open until 1985.
During Prohibition, as the story goes, Anheuser-Busch sold yeast, to keep its yeast strain alive, and also other products, including a near-beer called Bevo.
Nestled into a hillside on the banks of the Cottonwood River, Schell has operated continuously since its founding in 1860, surviving the 1862 Sioux uprising by maintaining friendly relations with the Indians and staying open during Prohibition by brewing near-beer.
The tax power is needed to turn the Scottish Parliament from a near-beer establishment to full-strength.
gives us a little history - how Adolph Coors founded the brewery in 1873, selecting the area for its pristine mountain water (Coors uses 3 million gallons of water a day), how Coors kept going during Prohibition by making near-beer and producing alcohol for hospitals and how Coors beer was once so rare, available only in Colorado and Texas, that it was bootlegged from one state to another.
producing near-beer (beer without the alcohol) and ice.