Making Havdalah on Beer

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
I just made havdalah but on 0.5 % volume beer. It is also advertised as alcohol free beer. Is this valid? Do I need to make havdalah again?
Many thanks,
Berel

Dear Berel
I am not sure if beer-drinkers consider the alcohol-free version to be completely authentic, however the distinction can be overlooked WRT חמר מדינה status. So you do not need to repeat havdalah.
Best wishes,
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
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Tzippy
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Dear Tzippy,
In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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