Is a 0.5% beer the healthiest thing you can drink in the pub? (apart from water)

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 10.32.21When I drank alcohol, beer was not my tipple of choice. I would marvel at friends who knew their way around a pale ale and a stout. I reserved my drink snobbery for ‘proper cider’.

But in the end it did not matter what any of us were drinking. Alcohol, regardless of the quality, does not do any of us much good, especially if your social use tips into regular hangovers that are getting you down, or it slows your progress in the gym.

One of the top reasons for people joining Club Soda is to lose weight. Cutting the calories in booze is one thing, but for many optimising the time in the gym and reducing the post binge calories are also part of the story. But often the alternatives to a beer in the pub are heavy sugar laden drinks, and whilst they leave you clear headed, they don’t help you battle the bulge.

In our quest to find something that is healthier, apart from water, we think we have found the answer. 0.5% (or less) beers are, quite simply, awesome. Why?

  • Hangover free (at 0.5% your body processes the alcohol quicker than you can drink it) 
  • No added sugar – made from just 3 ingredients (although look out for sneaky radlers and fruit beers which have added sugar)
  • Low in calories – Brew Dog’s Nanny State has 26 calories a bottle, compared to 160 in their Punk IPA.

With lots of really good non-alcoholic beers made by great breweries from across the world (you can see a great selection with the calories at www.drydrinker.com) we wonder why more pubs and bars don’t stock them?

11 Responses to “Is a 0.5% beer the healthiest thing you can drink in the pub? (apart from water)

  • Laurence
    5 years ago

    It’s not “… 26 calories a bottle…” It’s 26 calories per 100 ml and there are 330 mls per bottle. That’s 85.8 calories per bottle.

    • Laura Willoughby
      5 years ago

      If someone can get Brewdog to change their info on this we would be grateful!

  • A great beer – I agree – but you are wrong on the calories. It has 26 per 100ml not per bottle. A bottle is 330ml. If my maths are right a bottle is around 86 calories. It is still much lower than a regular pale ale, though.

    • Laura Willoughby
      5 years ago

      We are inclined to agree with you – but they tell everyone it is 26 per bottle and we can’t get them to answer our questions about it (you will see even drydrinker has it down as 26 per bottle – https://drydrinker.com/product/brewdog-nanny-state-0-5-61224-x-330ml/).

    • Laura Willoughby
      5 years ago

      We are inclined to agree with you – they tell everyone it is 26 per bottle and we can’t get them to answer our questions about it (you will see even drydrinker has it down as 26 per bottle – https://drydrinker.com/product/brewdog-nanny-state-0-5-61224-x-330ml/). If I could afford it I would send it for analaysis 🙂

      • Brew dog confirmed on their Twitter feed that it is in fact 8.5cals per 100ml so 28 calories per bottle. So enjoy two! 🙂

      • It is 8cal per 100ml. 28cal per bottle. Confirmed by Brewdog. It’s not sickly sweet like some AF Beers. It’s their 2nd biggest seller for a reason; taste and calories.

  • Barrie
    5 years ago

    It’s 26 KJ per 100 ml which equates to 6 Kcal. This means you’re looking at 20 Kcal per bottle. Compare that to a bottle of Punk IPA which comes in around 160 Kcal and it certainly stacks up really well as one of the lowest calorie beers out there. Big thumbs up to BrewDog.

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