While we wouldn’t equate beer with a healthy diet, we understand that a few beers, here and there, isn’t going to do irreparable damage. We often equate “light” beers with health, but they often come at the cost of “light” flavor…leading most to drink two beers to feel satisfied after their watered-down taste. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these ten high-flavor healthy (or rather, healthier) beers to keep your summer going strong! As always, drink responsibility.
Mill Street’s Original Organic Lager
The Mill Street Brewery only uses high-quality organic imported hops and malt to achieve a uniquely refreshing lager with a distinctly complex European flavor. This light, crisp and refreshing pilsner is the perfect clean option to keep your taste buds and waistline happy!
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Eel River Brewing Company, California Blonde Ale
A trailblazer, the Eel River Brewing Company became America’s first certified organic brewery. Known for its wide range of award-winning brews and interesting flavor profiles Eel River gives you all the flavor, without compromising your health! To boot, they’re environmentally friendly – all power used to brew the beer is produced from mill leftovers, like bark, wood chips, and scrap lumber.
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Peak Organic, Winter Session Ale
Peak Organic is another certified organic brewery, with its barley, wheat, and herbs all grown free of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizer. Their Winter Session Ale is a fan favorite, known for its impossibly warm, deep and toasty seasonal undertones given its pure brewing processes and low caloric count.
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Stone Brewing, Ishii Brewing and Baird Brewing, Japanese Green Tea IPA
This Japanese-inspired green tea IPA is the collaborative product of three well-known brewing companies. East Asian influenced and brewed with fresh green tea, this beer is changing the beer landscape with its impossibly high antioxidant content. Thanks to green tea’s long list of benefits, this makes for a perfect happy hour option for the health-conscious beer-lover! Even better, proceeds for the beverage are used to help ongoing fund relief efforts for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
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This traditional Irish stout has become known it’s being a deep and heavy but in reality, it’s neither! At just 128 calories and a fraction of the carbs found in competitor brands, Guinness is a great option for those who never want to sacrifice flavor for health. Contrary to popular belief, “deep” isn’t synonymous with a higher caloric or alcohol content. Fortunately, it does have more fiber; in one portion Guinness packs a punch with 3.5 grams of fiber (compared to 2 grams found in lighter beers).
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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sienna Nevada is best-known for its super hoppy light flavor. Fortunately, more hops equal more phytochemicals – beneficial nutrients found in plant foods, known for their high antioxidant content and enzyme-activating sulfur compounds. Turns out, this award-winning brew celebrated for its flavor, packs a serious health punch!
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Left Hand Good Juju
This unique ale is known for its unique flavor combinations, complex herb blend – all delivered in an impossibly light package. Packed with superfoods, including fresh ginger‘s digestive-boost anti-inflammatory benefits, Left Hand Good Juju will challenge your taste buds but never your waste line.
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Ground Breaker Dark Ale
Crafting a deep, multi-layered and flavorful dark ale, free of gluten, is no easy feat! This Portland, Oregon-based brewery is a hearty mixture of lentils, roasted chestnuts and dark Belgian-style candy – similar to caramelized sugar. The result? A roasted and chocolaty punch with none of the wheat!
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Cider is gaining major popularity among the beer-lovers community for its simplistic processing yet flavorful punch. Sonoma Cider, both gluten-free and void of any refined sugars or additives, is a sweet and crisp organic cider that’ll keep you feeling light all summer long.
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O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
An American amber ale, O’Fallen Hemp Hop is celebrated for its nutty flavor achieved through toasted hemp seeds. These small mighty seeds are known for their heart-healthy benefits, with the power to significantly lower blood pressure. O’Fallen’s are well-known beer lovers, pouring their passion and love for the craft of beer-making into each bottle.
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