The Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers

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The health and fitness crazy shows no signs of slowing, and that means the trend has spread to the adult beverage industry. People want to know how many calories, carbs and more are in their favorite craft beers. Or they might look to bar staff for that information.As a bar owner or manager, it’s good to know of a few low-calorie beers that have become quite popular. Most have a lower ABV than regular craft beers, but are still chock-full of flavor. Here are our favorite low-cal brews with calorie counts and ABV’s provided for each.

Founders All Day IPA

Hailing from Michigan, this beer was one of the first session IPA’s to hit the market. Comprised of a bitter, yet citrusy taste, the brew is gold in color, and is a favorite among light craft beer drinkers. Its paltry 147 calories is an added bonus.

Brewery: Founders Brewing Co.

ABV: 4.7% Calories: 147

Long Trail Ale

Vermont has recently become a popular place for the proliferation of craft beers, and Vermont’s Long Trail Ale is a front runner on taste for light craft beer.  The amber ale has sweet notes of caramel and toffee, and goes down entirely smooth. 

Brewery: Long Trail Brewing Company

ABV: 5% Calories: 138

Unita Baba Black Lager

One of the darker brews on the list, this craft beer from Utah has a creamy, smoky flavor that warms the belly during the long winter months.  At only 120 calories, it is still considered a light craft beer, despite the color.

Brewery: Uinta Brewing Company

ABV: 4% Calories: 120


Sam Adams Light

Although considered a pale, light beer, this Boston brew is best known for both its incredible flavor, and it’s unique golden amber color.  It leaves a clean finish to the palate and contains sweet and hoppy flavor notes.  If you are questioning light craft beers, this is always a win-win with customers. 

Brewery: The Boston Brewing Company

ABV: 4.3% Calories: 119

Flying Dog Session India Pale Ale

India Pale Ales are known as some of the worst offenders when it comes to the waistline. This Maryland brew features not only bold, hoppy flavors, but also one of the lightest IPA calorie-counts out there. With citrusy notes of grapefruit, it goes down smooth and won’t break the calorie bank.

Brewery: Flying Dog Brewery 

ABV: 4.7% Calories: 141


Now that you have a few ideas, you may want to add one of these low-cal beers to your rotation. Make sure you let your health-conscious customers know by posting on social or promoting your new beers to guests on digital displays. Or, check out the webinar to learn why carrying craft will make you more profitable.

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