Good news, beer lovers: You don't have to choose between your love of finely crafted ales and your dream of totally swole abs. We tend to think of craft brews as calorie bombs, but the growing popularity of session beers means there are plenty of tasty, low-alcohol drinks out there to crack open.
Alcohol contributes to weight gain in two ways: One, it contains calories, and two, it monopolizes your metabolism -- meaning your body burns alcohol calories first and stores unused food calories for later. So the higher the alcohol content, the bigger the weight gain. Session beers contain less than 5% ABV, so you can be svelte and not slur your words. The best part? These days no matter your style, there's a low-ABV beer option that'll please your palate. Here's what to drink to get the bite without the booze.
If you like hoppy...
Then you probably crushed your fair share of session IPAs this summer. Founders All Day (4.7%) is the OG of this category and Firestone Walker Easy Jack (4.5%) is a definite contender for new classic, and since both come from craft heavyweights they're widely distributed in their crushable (in more ways than one) cans. But don't let the flood of IPAs distract you from the fact that there are some seriously good APAs (American pale ales) around too. They’re a little more balanced and demure but still have a solid hop character. Game? Bell's Oatsmobile (4.3%) a shot, with the namesake oats giving it some serious body that belies its modest alcohol content.