This is super weird thread to stumble on because I just tried Athletica Cerveza post ride at our local trail that serves tacos and beer on Tuesdays. I was a big fan and will probably pick up some for just weekend. I just dropped alcohol because usually the timing of one drink seems enough to wreck my sleep. I’ll have to try a few others on this list.
I’ve been getting targeted ads for Athletic brewing for a couple months but didn’t really believe the claims. This thread made me grab a few NA beers at the grocery store last night though. I tried Sober Carpenter IPA which is a Canadian NA micro brewery. I thought it was quite good, the first sip was not quite the beer flavour I expected but then the hoppyness came through and it felt like drinking a regular beer. I’ll try a few other NA beers. Seems like they’ve come a long ways from the crap that used to be available.
Recently got this in my monthly cycling goodies subscription box. Forgetting the recovery angle that they are marketing, the beer actually tastes really good - has some of the body that you lack with NA beers
I tried athletic brewing hazy IPA from a promoter after a race and it was ok, not sure if it was the NA part or the fact I crashed 20 minutes prior but just tasted kinda weird. Maybe it was an off day for me and I’ll try again depending on what it costs compared to normal beer
I think the alcohol tends to be responsible for those feelings, at least that’s how I feel when I drink alcoholic beer. I drink a lot of NA beer because I still like the taste and bubbles, plus it’s refreshing. I get hangovers really easily so I limit real beer to a few a year at social functions, or after a massive ride. The craft NA beer is getting pretty good though, there’s a stout I tried that nailed the thick mouthfeel and roasted flavours. I’ve had some decent IPAs too, and there’s a few wheat beers that aren’t too bad either.