Graham Matheos’ booze-free journey began a couple of decades ago, when a friend needed to give up alcohol. In support, Matheos offered to stop drinking with him. A year came and went, and Mattheos found he didn’t really have the urge to go back. “I weighed out the pros and cons, and there just weren’t enough reasons to go back to drinking,” he says.
At that time, the craft beer scene in Canada was just starting to boom and new breweries were opening everywhere. Matheos loved the beer, but wanted a zero-proof version for himself, his friend and others.
In 2018, he launched One for the Road, a nod to the active lifestyle that he, his friends and family lead.
One for the Road now offers seven styles and nine different products, including Still Struggling (an espresso stout), Saskaberry Blonde Ale, Proceed with Caution (amber ale), and the Stone Sofa Kolsch, which won a gold medal for top non-alcoholic beer in Canada at the 2022 Canadian Brewing Awards. You’ll find them online and at myriad local restaurants and retailers, including Bottlescrew Bill’s, Calgary Co-op, Ten Foot Henry and Vine Arts.
Matheos is the first to admit he’s not a brewmaster. He’s a physiotherapist by day, craft beer dude by night, working with the team at Last Spike Brewery in Calgary to create his award-winning cans.
He says he loves what he’s doing and he loves watching the zero-proof scene expand. “There’s been a real growing interest in non-alcoholic craft beer,” he says. “People aren’t embarrassed anymore to say they don’t drink.”
Visit website: One For The Road Brewery