I tried Nothing Beer (5.1%) – it might be my favourite Nothing release yet

Warning: this doesn't taste like nothing!

Nothing Beer (5.1%) with a bee on the can
(Image credit: Nothing)

Carl Pei's startup, Nothing, is making a bit of a splash in the tech world right now: I reviewed the company's Nothing Phone (2) and was really impressed. But, beyond that, Nothing clearly has a zany and fun side too – because what arrived in the mail from Nothing most recently was not what I'd expected.

A package addressed to me had the tell-tale Nothing dot-matrix-like print on its exterior, so I carefully opened it to reveal... no, not one of the best Android phones, but four cans of beer! But not any ol' beer – this was Nothing Beer (5.1%). Who'd have thought it, eh? 

The cans had been a bit beaten up (thanks DHL!) and the included beer mat was looking a bit worse for wear, but I set the cans in the fridge for a few days to let them settle. I didn't want this stuff erupting all over the place when opened on the weekend!

Now, I know, a tech company making a beer? It's not the most obvious go-to. But, you know what, Nothing Beer (5.1%) might, er, be my favourite Nothing release yet. Yes, I'm easily swayed by a nice pour of the alcoholic nectar, but this one is a tasty treat.

Nothing doesn't actually make the brew itself, of course, it's under licence from Freetime Beer Co., based out of Swansea in Wales, and is a rice lager. There's other ingredients in there too, of course, such as malted barley and hops for depth and bitterness. "Warning: This doesn't taste like nothing," reads the text adjacent to the ingredients list. 

Nothing describes Beer (5.1%) on its website as "a crisp, unfiltered rice lager". I'd agree with that. It's got that sweet touch typical of rice lager, but with enough rounded flavour and bitterness from the hops. It's no boring pilsner, either, given its slightly cloudy finish (courtesy of it being unfiltered).

No flashing Glyph lights here, nor any Mercury Prize-winning artists trying to sell it to you. But, in theory, you can buy Nothing Beer (5.1%) in cans of four from the nothing.tech site right now – it's sold out after its unveiling back in April, and I've already signed up to be alerted for the next batch going on sale, as it's a tasty drop!

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor at T3.com. He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone too (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech and audio aficionado his beat at T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a tech stone unturned he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.