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Athletic Brewing Company is among TIME’s Most Influential Companies

The company makes non-alcoholic beers that rival some of the biggest names in the industry.

STRATFORD, Conn. – Can you get the good taste of beer without the accompanying alcohol? Athletic Brewing Company, based in Stratford, seems to think so – as does TIME magazine.

The magazine recently announced the non-alcoholic craft beer company as one of the 100 Most Influential Companies of 2022.

“Unlike many of its zero-proof competitors, the resulting company — the non-alcoholic beer brand Athletic Brewing Co. — actually competes with the alcohol giants,” TIME said.

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FOX61 visited the brewery in 2018 to see how they managed to get all the flavor and none of the hangover-causing qualities into their drinks.

“It all started with the idea that there was a complete void in the craft beer market and there was nothing for non-drinkers. I was improving my life, making healthier choices – being more aware of what I was putting into my body,” said founder Bill Shufelt.

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“Sugar, bacteria and yeast make alcohol, and so we had to find the right way to control the environment while still showcasing the hops and grains we wanted to showcase – that’s what craftsmanship is,” said head brewer John Walker. , at the time.

This isn’t the first time Athletic Brewing Company has won awards, either.

The company also won Crew Brewery of the Year in 2021 by Brewbound.

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Athletic Brewing Company also has a brewery in San Diego, making it a two-coast operation.

Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at

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