The idea of “dry January” — giving up alcohol or other vices for a month to kick off the year — has grown in popularity over the past decade, with some abstainers carrying on their sobriety for months after. Detroit bars are starting to take notice of a more health-conscious crowd looking for alternatives when they belly up to the bar.
Tara Jagodzinski bartends and runs the beverage program at Dragonfly, a new bar connected to the restaurant Freya in the city’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood. While they offer a full alcoholic bar, she’s designed a menu of cocktails that are low-AVB, health-conscious drinks. Her embrace of non-alcoholic drinks earned her a recent write-up in the Detroit News.
The non-alcoholic trend is arriving via retail to consumers, too. Jason LaValla founded the Detroit-based Casamara Club, a new line of non-alcoholic sodas.
Listen: Jagodzinski and LaValla talk about the non-alcoholic trend and why the movement is likely here to stay on CultureShift.