These brews not only taste delicious—they're also approved as a post-workout drink.
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The world’s leading beer researchers agree: Downing up to two beers after “normal exercise”—say, lifting or playing soccer—can lower inflammation and boost the immune system while not showing “deleterious effects” on muscle growth. That’s especially the case with these delicious, refreshing brews.
1. Founders All-Day IPA
In general, IPAs don’t mix with workouts. Their alcohol by volume (ABV) is too high; their taste too bitter; better to have one with dinner. But Founder’s remarkable “session IPA” is light on booze and bitterness, while remaining strong, sharp, and earthy. Just what you want after a mud-caked two hours on the rugby pitch.
Sure, the words “non-alcoholic wheat beer” don’t make us very thirsty, either. But Erdinger has the crisp taste of a classic German Weissbier, and a study of Erdinger-guzzling marathoners in Munich found that the beer reduced inflammation and strengthened the immune system.
When David April, co-founder of Philadelphia’s Fishtown Beer Runners (one of the most well-known running clubs in America), reaches the finish line of any race, he says he favors a local Walt Wit, a hazy, citrusy, 4.5% Belgian-style white ale.
At 5.6% ABV, 1554 is a little boozier than a beer scientist would recommend for an ideal post-sweat libation. But it’s chock-full of vitamin- B-rich malt, and unlike many dark beers, it has a light body and a sweet finish. New Belgium ultra- marathoner-in-residence Shawn Hines likes it so much that he sips it during races.
Physiologists recommend that you supplement your recovery beer with food and water, but why not have all three in one bottle? The radler style— half blonde lager, half fruit soda—was originally created to quench the thirst of Bavarian cyclists, and Stiegl’s grapefruit version is a perfect summer century-ride capper.
Studies have shown that adding salt to beer makes it a better rehydration drink. The problem is, studies also show that most salt-infused beers taste gross. Enter Otra Vez, a revival of the nearly extinct gose-style ale, an ancient drink that’s tangy, salt-infused, and unmistakably delicious.