by Malia Paasch
The holidays always brings a lot of heavy eating and drinking, followed by a round of New Year’s resolutions to become better, healthier, or more fiscally responsible. We’ve all been there.
But thankfully there’s a way to keep those promises as spring approaches, without giving up taste.
If you’re trying to shrink your calorie intake, but want to avoid turning to macro “lite” beers, I’ve got a few tips.
Calories in beer come from the alcohol and residual sugars from fermentation. A general rule is the higher the alcohol content, the more calories the beer contains. There’s also a common misconception that darker beers equal higher calories. Color is not a dictating factor.
For example, Victory’s Donnybrook Irish dry stout is estimated to be 111 calories and is 3.7 percent alcohol by volume. On the other hand, North Coast Brewing Company’s Old Rasputin, a Russian imperial stout at 9 percent ABV, is estimated to be around 300 calories.
The featured reviews are a variety of styles of craft beer estimated to be about 150 calories.
Cheers to all of the delicious brews ahead.
Sea Quench Ale
Appearance: Golden orange with a bright white persistent head.
Aroma: Lemongrass and passion fruit.
Taste: Blend of tropical fruits, mango, and lemon.
Mouthfeel: Dry and thirst quenching.
Drinkability: For sour lovers.
Food Pairing: Ramen.
Noveto English Brown Ale
Appearance: Light amber brown with ruby highlights and an off-white diminishing head.
Aroma: Nutty with wafers and caramel.
Taste: Peanuts, caramelized sugar, and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: For when you want more flavor without the calories.
Food Pairing: Roast chicken dinner.
Appearance: Bright yellow with a brilliant clarity.
Aroma: Hints of honey and cereal.
Taste: Subtle vanilla, with slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, yet soft.
Drinkability: A great everyday beer.
Food Pairing: Turkey sandwich.
Appearance: Hazy, pale golden yellow with a bright white head.
Aroma: Notes of honey, wild flowers and jasmine.
Taste: Honeysuckle and pink peppercorn, with a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Soft and refreshing.
Drinkability: Perfect after-work beer.
Food Pairing: Cheese and crackers.