At the end of an epic ride or grueling run, nothing quenches your thirst quite like an ice-cold beer. Beer is packed with sugary carbs and heart-healthy flavonoids, but recent studies show that knocking back too much of your favorite post-workout brew can sap muscle recovery. (Damn you, science!) So we’ve come up with a solution by rounding up seven of our favorite low-in-alcohol, big-on-flavor beers.
Avery Joe’s Premium American Pilsner
This crisp pilsner is as classic as its name—light malt followed by a refreshing noble hops taste of freshly cut grass. averybrewing.com
Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA
From the brewer that invented the concept of canned craft beer, this refreshing hop-forward IPA toes the session line at 4.9% ABV. oskarblues.com
With 4.2% ABV, Guinness is one of the most drinkable—and, at 155 calories, healthy—full-flavored stouts on the market. guinness.com
Modern Times Fortunate Islands
This 5% ABV wheat ale bursts with IPA-worthy hop notes but finishes as you’d expect, with a mildly nutty backbone. moderntimesbeer.com
Anderson Valley Blood Orange Goose
This dry, salty-sour wheat beer packs a refreshing juicy orange tang. It won’t be for everyone, but at least it replenishes electrolytes. avbc.com
Ballast Point Even Keel
Despite being the lightest beer here (3.8% ABV), this session IPA drops an invigorating herb- and citrus-filled hop bomb on the palate that’s perfect for the next BBQ. ballastpoint.com
Founders All Day IPA
You literally can sip the beer that started the session craze—its strong grapefruit aroma and peppery, piney hops are barely kept in check by a thin malt backbone. foundersbrewing.com
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