Making alcohol-free beer

Q: We have submitted a request to the Ministry of Industry and Electricity to build a factory for bottling barley drink in the Pepsi Cola factories in our branch in Khobar. We have noticed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia imported barley drinks from Europe and America for around 150 million Saudi riyals in 1405 A.H.; and this places a huge burden on the national economy. We think that building this factory inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will save huge sums of money that are being spent annually on importing this drink from Europe and America. Also, establishing this project in the Kingdom will provide (Part No. 22; Page No. 115) a lot of jobs for the citizens who will work in this factory. The raw materials which are used in this industry will be manufactured in the Kingdom. The Ministry of Industry and Electricity has transferred our request to the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) to make sure that these products comply with the Saudi Standards and that they do not contain alcohol or fermented drinks. After that we have discussed the process of manufacturing barley drink with the organization and we have explained to them how we make the drink without fermentation and why it does not contain alcohol. Kindly, find enclosed the letters of the Ministry of Industry and the SASO.It is important to note that the methods of manufacturing this drink in our factories are different from those that are followed in foreign countries where they leave the drink to ferment and then extract alcohol from it. Whereas according to our method the drink is bottled without being fermented or having any alcohol added to it from the beginning to the end. We mix an alcohol-free barley powder with soft water and carbon dioxide in the same way that other powders and beverages and other types of juice are prepared. It should be noted that the way of bottling mentioned above takes place under the direct supervision of (Part No. 22; Page No. 116) the Ministries of Health and Trade.According to the proposal of the SASO to take the formal approval of your most revered Committee as suggested in its letter no. (19873) dated 18/4/1408 A.H., we submit this request. Kindly find enclosed a copy of the letter. We hope you will approve this project, which will have great benefits for the national economy as it will save huge amounts of money and will have health benefits as it makes sure this drink is free from alcohol. We are ready to visit you and discuss any further inquiries about the project if you are interested.As-salamu `alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah's Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!) May Allah grant us success.

A: If the mentioned drink is alcohol-free when manufactured, exported, and marketed, there is no harm in it provided that it is manufactured under the supervision of the Ministry of Trade and the SASO. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.