If you’re keen on a pint, you’re not alone, however it’s no secret that alcohol is excessive in energy – and that’s earlier than you even get to the fry up that makes your hangover extra bearable. There has been an enormous enhance in low-alcohol beer on the market in recent times, however do you know that low-alcohol doesn’t essentially imply low-calorie?
We requested Tom from Steady Drinker, who specialises in alcohol-free selections, to share his decide of the beers which can be truly low-calorie and gained’t go away you with a hangover. Result.
Why ought to I change to alcohol-free beer?
With a belly-bulging 43 energy per unit, chopping down – or chopping out – alcohol is one of the best issues you are able to do if you wish to shed weight. It’s by no means straightforward although, is it? Especially if you happen to’re in the behavior of catching up with mates over just a few pints or cracking open just a few cans after a troublesome day at work.
Then there’s the subject of what to drink as an alternative. Tap water’s solely going to chop it for therefore lengthy, whereas juices and comfortable drinks are laden with sugar, sweeteners and – in the case of some fizzy drinks – goodness is aware of what else. Coffee and tea are superb, however that’s if you wish to be awake all evening.
This makes alcohol-free beer an honest substitute for full-strength beers – one thing I assumed by no means I’d say just a few years in the past when the normal high quality of non-alcoholic beer was surprising, to say the least. While there are nonetheless just a few dodgy ones on the market, there at the moment are scores of respectable alcohol-free beers obtainable, many of which have lastly made it to grocery store cabinets and pub fridges.
Swap your regular brew for a non-alcoholic beer and never solely will you be raring to hit the health club or pound the pavements in the morning as an alternative of burying your head beneath the quilt, however you’ll be consuming fewer energy, much less sugar and no nasty components – if you happen to select correctly that’s. Here’s all the pieces it’s essential find out about alcohol-free beers.
Alcohol-free beers nonetheless have hint quantities of alcohol
The very first thing to remember of when switching to alcohol-free beer is that many do include a smidgen of alcohol – legally, they’re allowed as much as 0.5% ABV (alcohol by quantity).
This is lower than 0.2 models of alcohol per 330ml bottle and is the similar share discovered naturally in issues like orange juice, ripe bananas and a few sort of bread. It’s definitely not sufficient to get you drunk, irrespective of how a lot of it you drink, and that is why drinks beneath 0.5% aren’t restricted by UK licensing regulation.
Not all beers are created equal
You additionally should be conscious that alcohol-free doesn’t essentially imply low in energy or sugar, even when they at all times include fewer energy than their full-strength counterparts. It all will depend on a particular beer’s components and the way it’s made.
For occasion, some brewers halt fermentation early or use a yeast designed to eat much less of the sugars supplied by the malt, leaving much less alcohol however extra sugar in the completed product. Beer made with wheat additionally tends to be greater in energy and sugar.
So, is it only a case of checking the dietary data on the label? In some circumstances, sure. However, breweries that listing dietary data accomplish that voluntarily because it isn’t a authorized requirement in the UK and plenty of different main beer-producing nations. Most producers do embody key dietary data, however it’s value checking on-line.
Five of the best low-calorie alcohol-free beers
Considering a change to alcohol-free beers or having hassle discovering non-alcoholic beers which can be excessive in flavour however low in energy?
Here are 5 of my favorite low-calorie alcohol-free beers. All are available at fewer than 70 energy per bottle or can, which is lower than a small glass of recent orange juice.
Infinite Session “Pale” pale ale – 11 energy per 100ml (36 per 330ml bottle)
An apt title for a specialist alcohol-free brewery, Infinite Session is a cuckoo brewery (one and not using a everlasting house) that brews out of Battersea’s Sambrook’s Brewery. “Pale” is one of three alcohol-free beers Infinite Session produces. Made with a range of barley and wheat malts and a superb dose of fragrant hops, it provides a combination of caramel and tropical fruit flavours in the style and aroma.
Furstenberg “Alkoholfrei” lager – 11 energy per 100ml (55 per 500ml bottle)
With greater than 10 million Germans consuming alcohol-free beer frequently, most German breweries produce at the least one alcohol-free beer. Furstenberg, based mostly in the Black Forest space of Germany, first brewed its ‘Alkoholfrei’ lager in 1972 (it’s been brewing beer since the thirteenth century). With a biscuity aroma and a creamy mouthfeel, this can be a way more fascinating drink than your common mass-produced lager.
Mikkeller “Racing Beer” lager – 10 energy per 100ml (33 per 330ml can/bottle)
Danish brewery Mikkeller is well-known for the high quality of its full-strength craft beers. But it’s fairly prolific in terms of alcohol-free beer too, with a handful of beers beneath 0.5% ABV in its vary. Mikkeller’s “Racing Beer” enhances the brewery’s 180+ operating golf equipment. It’s technically a beer, however its fruity flavours and tangy mouthfeel are extra reminiscent of a refreshing saison. Definitely an excellent beer to crack open after a exercise.
Fitbeer lager – 20 energy per 100ml (66 per 330ml bottle)
Another beer that highlights alcohol-free beer’s well being credentials is “Fitbeer”, a hellas-style lager brewed in Bavaria. More complicated and fewer bitter than a typical lager beer, Fitbeer has a biscuity aroma and candy, malty style.
Nirvana Brewery “Karma” pale ale – 9 energy per 100ml (30 per 330ml bottle)
Like Infinite Session, Nirvana specialises in low-alcohol and alcohol-free beers. “Karma” is the decide of its beers beneath 0.5% ABV. It oozes citrus and mango flavours – the aroma is very mouthwatering.
Tom Hallett is a blogger and author based mostly in Hampshire. He evaluations alcohol-free beer and writes about the non-alcoholic beer trade at steadydrinker.com. Follow him on Twitter @steadydrinker.