Thursday, October 21, 2010

Healthiest Beer?

According to The Daily Beast, the "healthiest beer" on the market is something called I.C. Light, with 95 calories and 2.8 grams of carbs per 12 ounce serving. And the most "fattening" beer is Leinenkugel Berry Weiss, at 207 calories and 28 grams of carbs.

I can't figure out how the Beast arrived at these results -- as the Brookston Beer Bulletin pointed out, they appear to be applying "some weird calculation that took into account calories, carbohydrates and alcohol content." Oddly enough, alcohol content seems to be the deciding factor that kept Michelob Ultra from taking the top "healthy" spot. (It has the same number of calories as I.C. Light, and is slightly less carb-y, but I.C. Light has a tiny bit more alcohol.) Does increased alcohol content correlate with better health? Baffling.

Whatever. A bunch of these "healthy" beers look gross, anyway. (The consensus among beer aficionados: I.C. Light is "not worthy.") Drink water instead.