The 8 Healthiest Beers to Pack in Your Tailgate Cooler

Save calories and carbohydrates by being selective about what you sip on

Amstel Light is only 95 calories.

When it comes to drinking beer, you are usually measuring a lot more than just the alcohol content. Beer tends to contain plenty of calories and carbohydrates, which are off limits to people trying to lose weight. With that being said, beggars can be choosers when it comes to finding the healthiest light beer options, and there are some beers that will not hurt your waistline as much as you’d think. With beers, you will have to decide which you’d rather avoid: calories or carbohydrates.

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If you are drinking for a mission, these beers may not be for you. Lights beers typically have a lower alcohol percentage, so be sure you know your motivation before drinking your calories. It will defeat the purpose if you have to drink several light beers to get the same feeling as you would from one regular beer.

Similar to wine, beer — in moderation — can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight or not, you should monitor your alcohol consumption during a tailgate. “Drink a glass of water or two in between alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated,” says Lori Zanini, spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “[and] moderate the number of drinks you have.”

8. Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale

This is Butte Creek's Organic India Pale Ale.

Different from our other light beer suggestions, this beer is higher in calories, but low in carbohydrates. Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale contains about 201 calories and has 1.9 grams of carbohydrates. The company uses 100 percent organic malts and hops for all four of their beers, which only adds to their health factor.

7. Guinness Draught

This is Guiness Draught.


The popular dark Irish beer has about 126 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates. Although this number may be discouraging, there is research to support that darker beer has nutritional value. Guinness contains flavonoids, which are similar to the antioxidants found in red wine