There is something relaxing about cracking open a beer at 5 o’clock (sometimes sooner) to start off my night. I tend to do this about 3-5x a week. I have a few friends who recently switched over to non-alcoholic beer when it comes to daily indulgence and they love it. I feel like I’m more interested in the act of drinking then the alcohol itself (hence light or zero alcohol beer).
Has anyone ever seen the research on the marginal difference non-alcoholic beer makes over something like a low cal Michelob Ultra? I’m curious of its effect on performance/recovery as well as general weight gain.
I was looking into it after I saw a couple of ads for athletic brewing company. The ethanol itself has calories so they can get their non-alcoholic beer down to ~50 calories, Michelob is around 100 a normal beer is around 200. I am in the same boat and just enjoy a beer at night especially now during hot summers.
Still haven’t tried the athletic brewing beers as I can’t get myself to pay 13 bucks for 6 pack of non-alcoholic beer. But if it tastes as good as a regular beer I could be worth it.
Huge NA fan—drink one about daily (I don’t drink alcohol anymore). I’m such a big fan of Athletic Brewing’s stuff that I’m now an ambassador for them. Feel free to message me for a 20% discount code off your first online order.
I got an ad for the Athletic Brewing company sometime last summer and I took the bait. I have not been disappointed. It’s a little pricey but man I feel so much better. Doesn’t interfere with training recovery or slow down my evenings with the family like real beer but (IMO) still tastes pretty good. Also doesn’t make me as fat! The wheat beer they did recently was one of my favorites, but I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of them. I’m a regular customer now. They’ve even started stocking them sometimes at HEB here in Texas!
I recently have been drinking Athletic Brewing’s IPA and it’s really good. I don’t drink it in lieu of real beer on a consistent basis because I don’t drink that much beer. Usually I’ll have half a beer after work. But I could see it being a real alternative if I needed it to be.
I have drastically reduced my drinking - going from 2-3 beers a day to having had 2 alcoholic drinks in the last 3 months in total. It dawned on me that it was not really the alcohol I wanted but rather the mechanism/ habit that I associated with switching off at the end of the day. I am now still getting that with NA beers.
Seen some great benefits ref recovery and more energy (especially morning ‘clarity’ when I wake up) and also a cut down on additional carbs. I have been drinking Brew Dog and Brooklyn Beer variants in the U.K. but going to look up some of the other suggestions on this thread now
Alcohol-free wheat beer is the way to go after a long hot ride. Erding is my birthplace and this comment may get me stoned at the city gates, but try a Franziskaner af if you can get hold of it. It’s less sweet and more beery than Erdinger.
Just tried Athletic Brewing for the first time a few weeks ago and am totally sold on it. The IPA and Hazy are great. I still like a “real” beer and will often have a “real” one first and then follow up with a couple NA’s. Still feels like I’m enjoying a few beers without having to feel like crap the next day.
I’ve been experimenting with low carb beers such as Lagunitas anytime ipa 4% but I’m finding the taste of ALDI’s non-alcoholic roadworks ipa to be more preferable and low carb to boot. No hangover either😀