by Angela Cavallari Walker
The old adage that abs are made in the kitchen is very true according to the trainer that I just hired. I’m currently working on my getting rid of the dad bod that I worked hard to form over the winter drinking beer and blowing off the gym.
I eat pretty healthily but my caloric nemesis is the craft beers that I love the hell out of. Naturally, my trainer suggested that I give up beer entirely until I got to my goal weight but I am not going to give up beer for life.
Before starting my rigorous routine the following week, I decided that I should figure out a game plan for my beer. After testing several beers I compiled a list of the lowest-calorie beers that don’t taste like garden hose water was the main ingredient.
Here is a list of the best tasting craft beers that are low-carb and lower in calories. You can thank me later.
New Belgium Glütiny Pale Ale
At just 150 calories and 10 grams of carbs, it’s hard to believe that you’re drinking a craft brew. Lots of flavors and it doesn’t taste too light. Most of the gluten has been removed so that your gluten-free friends can have one as well. I was also able to find it at restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings and it’s currently only available in the bottle. Just be aware that the ABV is 6 percent and with its smooth taste you might just grab a buzz.
Founders Brewing Company’s All Day IPA
The lively hops will make you hoppy but you will really make you excited is that its only 140 calories. Plus, if you are really into New-England style IPAs, you should be drinking this whether you care about carbs or not. It was one of my favorites because it wasn’t too bitter and you won’t get hammered with an ABV of 4.7.
Left Hand Brewing’s Saison au Ble de Minuit
I am not a huge fan of stouts but if you are feeling one this will cut down your caloric intake quite a bit. At 199 calories and an ABV of 6.8 percent you will still get the alcohol you like in a stout but with at least 100 calories or less.
Allagash Brewing Company’s Allagash White
I have been a super fan of this beer and was shit happy when I found out it only had 159 calories and an ABV of 5.1 percent. Drinks like a light wheat beer with plenty of creamy flavor—no orange needed. This wheat will become your new favorite beach beer this summer.
Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner
This solid but light pilsner is only 160 calories and has an ABV at 5.3 percent. This beer is perfectly balanced with hints of grapefruit, a touch of hop and even some spice. The mermaid on the can will also make you not want to use a koozie.
Sweetwater Brewing’s 429 Extra Pale Ale
I used to drink the hell out of this West Coast-style beer when I lived in Atlanta and it’s still as good as I remember. The centennial hops coupled with grapefruit is so delicious that you will have a hard time believing it’s only 168 calories. Oh, and an ABV of 5.7 percent means you can handle it.