Sober curiosity and sober living have grown in popularity over the last few years and for good reason. More and more people are opting to live healthier lives and focusing on fitness and wellbeing. In my last post I shared the Benefits of Going “Dry” in January as well as some of the ways alcohol decreases athletic performance such as increasing risk of dehydration, slowing recovery and increasing the risk of injury. Today, I’m sharing 4 non-alcoholic beers for athletes so that you can choose to sip wisely during your hardest training seasons and avoid performance pitfalls.
If I had to recommend one single brand it would be Athletic Brewing simply because of the product diversity. Not only do their craft brews come in endless flavors, they all taste amazing! For the purposes of this blog post I’m recommending three of my top favorite, but I would highly encourage you to visit their website and explore all the craft brews they have to offer. From limited edition holiday brews to sparkling hop water, they truly make it fun to sip and have something for everyone.
My top pics would be Run Wild, their most popular brew and part of their permanent collection. I personally also love the Cerveza Atletica, a Mexican inspired light copper beer. It’s perfect served in a frosty mug with a slice of lime or mixed as a michelada. Speaking of micheladas, Athletic Brew launched my all-time favorite limited edition brew, Chelada Nada. It’s described as a modern twist on the classic combo of a light brew blended with notes of sweet tomato, spicy chili pepper, and zesty lime. I would describe it as heaven in every sip!
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Next on my list is Budweiser Zero. An Alcohol-free brew with only 50 calories and zero grams of sugar. This one makes my top favorites because it’s one of the most readily available NA (non-alcoholic) beers in bars, restaurants, and stores. Not only is it my “old reliable” choice, it also tastes pretty great too. I also pull Budweiser zero out when I have skeptics that need convincing. You can hardly tell the difference between it and regular beer. I always keep this one on hand when I want to mix it up. Sometimes, I’ll alternate Budweiser Zero with regular Budweiser to reduce my overall alcohol and sugar consumption. I find that it also reduces the bloat I normally get from sipping beer. The carb content is great for recovery without worrying about the risk of dehydration or a hangover.
Heineken 0.0 is another great, reliable, NA beer. If I can’t find Budweiser Zero at my local bar or restaurant, I’ll ask the bartender for Heineken 0.0. I like to think of it and Budweiser as the coke and pepsi of NA beer. Craft brew enthusiast might be quaking at that comparison, but for the average person like me, it’s more about availability. It’s described as having “refreshing fruity notes and soft malty body“. I’m no beer expert, but I can tell you this one goes down smooth! This is my favorite NA beer for cool spring days when you want something fresh and delightful while dining on a patio after a killer run or hilly bike ride. It truly feels like a treat which makes it great for backyard barbeques too. With only 69 calories and 1.3 grams of sugar, I’d say its well worth it.
Go Brewing is a lot like Athletic Brewing in that they specialize in craft NA beers. Their product line is pretty extensive as well. While I love the fun festive brews Athletic Brewing offers, Go Brewing is my go-to for something a little darker. Back in my younger days I loved stout brews like Guinness. Over the years I found they were becoming too heavy for my stomach and, well, old age and indigestion set in. I sampled the Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout limited edition at an event last year and fell in love all over again. While this one is a little higher in calories, every single one is packed with luscious dark flavor and 100% worth it. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, their Head on Witbier is another favorite. It has orange notes that make it fresh and light and perfect for sipping any time of year.
No matter if you’re choosing to sip regular beer or non-alcoholic, remember to sip smart! Moderation is always key and consider your training needs. There is nothing wrong with having a beer or two with friends, but if you find yourself struggling to keep up with your training regimen after a night of indulging, I would encourage you to try another option.
And if your not into beer, check out my Instagram Highlights for mocktails, NA wines, and more!