It’s no secret that a cold beer isn’t exactly a kale smoothie when it comes to your waistline and overall well-being. But the truth is, your beer could be a lot healthier—especially if you’re the type who glugs mass-produced swill (such as Bud Light Lime, which HBO’s John Oliver famously declared tastes “like Jolly Green Giant’s ejaculate”). In fact, most big beers contain not only alcohol but also high-fructose corn syrup, chemical additives like propylene glycol, and GMO ingredients like corn and dextrose.
The fact is, you can make better-quality brew—glass-bottled and chemical-free—by taking a little time to make it yourself. And you needn’t be a wealthy hobbyist to pull it off. Right now, thanks to DIY “kits” offered by top craft brewers, all-new suds-making gadgets, and the rise of newfangled “beermaker” machines, there’s never been a better time to create your own game-day cold one. Here’s how.