The time has come for me to address a long-standing myth that has pained me to hear for many years: that “‘good'” beer has too many calories, too many carbs, and will make me fat.” While I readily admit, most good beers do have a few more calories and grams of carbohydrates than your average light beer, unless you are at a college frat party and need to slam 8 to 12 beers over a 4 hour period, it isn’t enough to make that much of a difference. However, if you are at a frat party, have fun with your Natty Light and you can stop reading here.
I will now submit my evidence. Below are a few samples of beers that are commonly found in most places: (amounts per 12 oz. serving; Source: calorieking.com)
|Beer||% Alcohol||Calories||g Carb|
|Samuel Adams Boston Lager||4.9||170||18.0|
|Sierra Nevada Pale Ale||5.7||175||14.1|
|Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale||6.6||214||19.4|
|Olde English 800||8.0||220||14.6|
I know some of you are now saying, “I told you so! Mich Ultra has 70 fewer calories and 12 fewer grams of carbs than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale! That adds up!” I grant you, it does add up. But have you considered what 70 calories is? It’s a piece of bread, it’s half a cookie, it’s one bite from a Big Mac.
Don’t get me wrong, if you like light beer, and there is nothing wrong with that, then that’s ok. I even enjoy a Miller Lite or PBR in the right setting: at the beach, camping, or a hot afternoon on the porch. My point is to those that drink light beer simply because they are afraid that the heavier beers will add to their waistline or they just haven’t given other beers an honest try. There is a whole world of delicious beer out there, and I encourage people to explore and find what they really like and not to settle for something simply so they can save 40 calories.
I guess it all depends on what your priorities are. If you have to have the cookies (and 4 beers to wash them down), then by all means, grab the nearest Miller Lite. Me, I’ll enjoy a Sierra Nevada and leave the cookie on the plate.