Jim Quist @ACCTheQ –
Beer is a problem on keto. There’s a reason people talk about “beer bellies”. There are lots of rapidly digestible carbs in beer – it’s been called liquid bread. There’s far more truth to that statement than you’d imagine. Is there such a thing as a ‘Keto Beer’? Maybe not technically but there are plenty of beers that are low calorie and low carb. The alcohol guide for keto found at thedietdoctor.com features more than a handful of beers for those of you who are health conscious.
The same website offers up their list of ‘keto-friendly’ beers and frankly, from my perspective, it left me wanting. Some of the other drinks included in the article though, work just fine with my taste buds.
The big kick these days is to accuse Millenials of everything bad in society including, ‘beer snobbery’. A headline from the clickbaitish New York Post, “Here’s more evidence that millenials are beer snobs” grabbed my attention. It led to a report that examines where Millenials spend their green. It points to the fact that they have good taste in beer.
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Alas, it offered nothing to back up their claim of snobbery. Color me, shocked. It did point to our favorite type of beers and what we’re willing to spend to enjoy them. At the top of the list are IPA’s or Indian Pale Ales. Consumers want to taste their beer. If they wanted water, well there’s plenty of plastic bottles available at the supermarket.
Let me address a few issues before we continue. First, the Millenial blame game – Stop it. Second, if drinking something that tastes good is being a snob, well count me in. Let me note that I’m miles and miles down the road from being a Millenial. Back to beer.
According to a story at Mandatory.com there are some craft beer brewers who are stepping into the realm of low calorie beer. If you enjoy the taste and creativity found in craft beers and want to forgo carbs here is a short list just for you. Not all are available nationwide so get out this Summer and do a craft brewery tour or two.
- Slightly Might Lo-Cal IPA – Dogfish Head
- Swipe Light – Southern Tier
- Rec League – Harpoon
- Le Petit Prince – Jester King
- Extra Dry – Stillwater
- Da Shootz – Deschutes
- Fig Mtn Light – Figueroa Mountain
These are just a handful of the lower carb craft beers that are rapidly taking shelf space. For the diet and health conscious drinker here is a term to add to your beer vocabulary – Brut IPA. The Brut IPA style tends to contain about a fourth fewer calories and a third less carbs than the West Coast or the New England IPA styles.
So, is there a ‘Keto Beer’? Not in name, at least not yet. Here are a few more to add to your list from brewers big to small. Cheers!
Jim Quist is Managing Editor of ACC Nation, a member of FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and ACSMA (Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association). He is enrolled in the Beer Brewer Professional Certificate program at the University of Richmond. Follow him on Twitter @ACCTheQ.