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If you’re looking to find the best selection of healthier-than-“fat-weiser” brands of suds, forget hitting the mass-market section of your supermarket beer aisle. Instead, says Matt Simpson of thebeerexpert.com, get a range of healthy options, from small-batch brands to even local breweries, at your nearest Whole Foods or other stores. Take a look at our all-American favorites.
Sam Adams Light
119 CALORIES, 4.3% ABV
This is the one beer we approve of with the word “light” in its name. “If you’re going to drink a macro-industrialized lager, drink this one,” says Simpson. “It’s got ever-present flavor, and it’s all malt.”
120 CALORIES, 4.0% ABV
“This small brewery in South Carolina uses a little salt in the brewing process,” Simpson explains. “This adds a savory dimension—almost like an umami to the palate. It’s very refreshing and even comes in cans.”
Founders All Day IPA
147 CALORIES, 4.7% ABV
Simpson says: “It’s got a big citrus–hop aroma: pine, grapefruit, mango, tangerine. It’s very light. It’s also slightly bitter, but not overly so. And it uses a lot of hops but is very well-balanced.”
Dogfish Head Festina Pèche
160 CALORIES, 4.5% ABV
“This American take on a Berliner Weisse is crisp, tart, and refreshing,” says Simpson. “Peaches give it a light fruit aroma as well. It’s easy to drink, very dry, and great with cheeses, fruits, or salads.”
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