Let’s face it, the way 2020 started off was reason enough for a drink—or 500. So if you’re looking in the mirror right now at a well-fed beer gut … well, you’re not alone. While a beach bod might not be top of mind these days, it’s still a good time to reach for lower-calorie drinks than your go-to IPA or lager. Local brewers have heard your inner cry and concocted a batch of low-carb, low-cal beers that (unlike the “lite” beers of old) keep flavor front and center in their slim-friendly options.
This 100-calorie, light and fruity watermelon-lime ale adds hydrating electrolytes to the mix for a grown-up twist on Gatorade.
Fifty West Brewing Co., 7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Twp., (513) 834-8789
The name says a lot about this little 100-calorie IPA—it’s heavily hopped with Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic, lending notes of citrus, pine, and stone fruit.
Braxton Brewing Co., 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, (859) 261-5600
Clocking in at 106 calories, this IPA balances hoppy bitterness with bright citrus (from Citra Incognito, Citra, and Pacifica hops and natural citrus) for a refreshing sip.
MadTree Brewing, 3301 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 836-8733
With tropical fruit and citrus aromas and a light bitterness from Citra, Mosaic, and Azacca hops, the traditional characteristics are there in this crisp, dry IPA—but with only 115 guilt-free calories.
Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-1367
Lo-cal Pale Ale
These mild, easy-drinking pints (110 calories) from a new(ish) local brewery might be the perfect summer sip.
HighGrain Brewing Co., 6860 Plainfield Rd., Silverton, (513) 791-7000