Beer: A light brigade
Even craft brewers are noticing that beer drinkers have started watching their carbs and calories, said Fritz Hahn inThe Washington Post. A typical craft IPA might hold 280 calories, compared with 145 in a Bud and 96 in a Michelob Ultra. Because calories can’t be slashed without cutting alcohol (and body), craft brewers compensate by dialing up flavor. Below, the best widely available contenders.
Dogfish Head Slightly Mighty Dogfish Head’s 140-calorie SeaQuench is tastier, but the brewer’s new 95-calorie IPA is citrusy and refreshing.
Harpoon Rec. League This pale ale has more color and body than most low-cal beers—and about 20 more calories. It’s like a well-rounded session IPA.
Lagunitas DayTime IPA The clear favorite in our tests, this 98-calorie Heineken product offers citrus and banana notes plus a hoppy finish.