In today’s world you really can have it all. If you’re working toward your ultimate beach body, it doesn’t mean you have to forgo tailgating beers. Many breweries have reacted to the increasing number of health-conscious drinkers by creating lighter beer options that have lower calorie content and minimal carbohydrates. With these beers, not only can you drink without the threat of a beer belly hanging over your head, but you might even enjoy some of the flavors. From a variety of brewers, these are some of the best low-calorie beers on the market. Grab a six pack, ice, and a cooler and enjoy!
1. Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Pilsner
Skip watered-down imposter beers and opt for this brew from Brooklyn Brewery. The pilsner is made with German-grown hops and has a whopping 5.1% alcohol by volume (ABV). The beer is jammed with flavor and a bitter kick while only coming in at 155 calories a bottle. That’s a good enough reason to enjoy two!
2. Bud Light
For an all-American classic, there is nothing quite like a Bud Light. If you like Budweiser, then you’ll appreciate the smooth crispness of the company’s low calorie version. At just 110 calories, Bud Light is the perfect beer to pair with a summer picnic or game day.
3. Guinness Draught
If you can’t stand pilsner and lagers, try the world’s most famous Irish dry stout. That’s right, a good old fashioned Guinness can be enjoyed even by the most calorie conscious. Just one glass of this heavier feeling beer will satisfy you in a way that most beers can’t. A Guinness draught has 4.2% ABV and just 125 calories.
4. Bud Select 55
If you’re really counting calories consider the Bud Select 55, which literally has only 55 calories a bottle. The statistics are impressive, but keep in mind that fewer calories means a lower alcohol content and less flavor. The Bud Select has 2.4% ABV and just 1.8 grams of carbohydrates a bottle. This beer is great if you are looking to throw a few back or really just want something low calorie to sip on.
5. Founders Brewing’s All Day IPA
If you want to stay healthy but just can’t give up those hoppy India Pale Ales, this beer from Founders Brewing Co. is the way to go. The beer is citrusy and aromatic and has an impressive 4.7% ABV. A 12-ounce bottle has just 147 calories, giving you room to enjoy two.
6. Sierra Nevada’s Otra Vez
For an out of the box beer that doesn’t disappoint give this beer from Sierra Nevada a taste test. The Otra Vez is a German gose style beer that is described as being tart, dry, and crisp. The flavor is off the charts, yet somehow this beer packs in a meager 139 calories a bottle and an impressive 4.5% ABV.
7. Michelob Ultra
This readily available brew has plenty of variety. If you like to experiment with flavors, keep an eye out for one of Michelob Ultra’s four flavors. In addition to the original, there you can choose from amber, lime cactus, pomegranate-raspberry, or dragon fruit-peach. Regardless of what flavor you choose, each contains just 95 calories and 4.2% ABV, an impressive feat for a low calorie beer.