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The Health Freak's Guide to Drinking Beer

The Health Freak's Guide to Drinking Beer

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | Jan 06, 2014 | Beer Tips

All beers are not created equal – this I swear by. Some beers are just naturally healthier for you, while others simply are not. Before you start feeling guilty about knocking a few back, remember that beer is packed with nutrients, like hops and barley. Healthy beer drinking is a matter of finding the right beer and drinking in moderation. Here are a few brews that pack a healthy punch:

Guinness Draught

Everyones St. Paddy's pint of choice, Guinness Draught has a creamy, decadent flavor and many surprising health benefits! This dark Irish blend is packed with polyphenols, which are antioxidants that lower cholesterol and fight cancer. Guinness Draught has fewer carbs and calories than beers like Budweiser or Heineken. This stout also has an alcohol content of 4.0, but try not to use that as an excuse to pound car bombs!

Sam Adam's Light Lager

It's not just a lighter version of Sam Adams Boston Lager, but a healthier one too. What the brewers at Sam Adams did was create a light beer without sacrificing flavor. With every sip of Sam Adams Light, you'll receive a balanced flavor and a light-bodied taste. Plus, no other domestic light beer uses only four classic beer ingredients: pure water, lager yeast, Noble hops and barley malt.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

If you like hoppy beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is for you! While more hops generally mean more alcohol, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale also contains a higher content of polyphenols. With a beautiful balance of different flavors, this IPA is light-bodied, refreshing and smooth. For my foodie folks, Pale Ale tastes great with grilled steak and roasted vegetables.

Peak Organic Amber

For those who thrive on all things organic, this beer is right up your alley. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, organic means that the barley, wheat and hops are all grown without chemical fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides. Peak Organic Amber is made entirely with organic ingredients – that's right, au naturel. Due to its toasty finish, this beer pairs nicely with smoked fish and poultry.

Wolaver's IPA

Brewed locally in Vermont, Wolaver's India Pale Ale (IPA) is made with the finest organic barley and hops. This IPA follows British tradition closely by using a generous amount of fresh hop cones in order to produce a crisp, clean taste. In addition to being healthier for you, organic products are also better for the planet. Every Wolaver's purchase you make supports a healthier environment for all of us. Cheers to that!
The Health Freak's Guide to Drinking Beer
MacKenzie Zarzycki

MacKenzie Zarzycki was born and raised in Schuylerville, N.Y., where the beer flows like wine. As a retired Division I field hockey player, MacKenzie is addicted to fitness. Running or spinning – anything that will allow her to get her sweat on. When she’s not contributing to gotbeer.com, she’s nursing an unhealthy level of attachment to her dog, Kylie.


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