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Perhaps one of your New Year’s resolutions is to finally make sense of your dad’s favorite beverage. Perhaps another one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose the pounds you stuffed on from the holiday eating season. Contrary to what you might think, it IS possible to drink beer and not pack on any extra pounds through the mysterious wonders of light beer.

Light on Light Beer

Staying light on light beer. Free Digital Photos

Light beers have always had a bad rep, much like how people pick on diet soda for its watered down taste. Although I admit that I have tasted many bland light beers, more respect needs to be given towards the like of Bud Lite. Light beers should maybe be considered the craftiest of beers, as they are among the most difficult beers to brew. An immense amount of skill, love, and attention is needed in order to make sure that the rest of us have an excuse to drink more than one bottle of beer.  Although light beers seem to be a recent revelation thanks to our weight-loss obsessed culture, they have been around for some time.

Let’s shed some light on light beers:

  • In America, “light beer” refers to beer that has less calories and carbs. In Australia and other parts of the world, “light beers” are beers that are reduced in alcohol content.
  • Light beers used to be called “small beers.” They were, at times, the only reliable drinking source that folks had since the fermentation process killed off bacteria.
  • During Prohibition, many brewers sold “near beers,” which was beer that retained a low enough ABV to be sold legally.
  • Bud Lite is the best selling beer of 2013.
  • Most light beers take the same amount of time as their traditional counterparts to ferment.

Macro-breweries are a great place to turn to as your prime go-to for your light beer needs.

The light beer market is so incredibly saturated that it takes more effort to choose a light beer rather than find it. That doesn’t mean that your local brewery isn’t interested in producing a lighter version of their cherished amber ale. There are many craft brewers such as Samuel Adams that produce its own lighter lager. Often times, craft breweries aren’t advertising their beers as light, but are still lighter in calories and carbs; pilsners are a great example of a beer that is lighter in comparison to fuller-bodies beers. Don’t discount darker beers as being gut-busters, either–Guinness is a mere 125 calories per 12-ounce glass. Dry Irish stouts, like Brooklyn’s Irish Dry Stout, which bubbles in at 117 calories for a 12 ounce guzzle, typically tend to be lighter in calories as well.

If you have the right pick, you won’t have to sacrifice taste or your health for your beer.

Be warned:

Just because you feel you can drink more light beers and not feel guilty doesn’t mean you won’t be hungover the next day.

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