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Kegs & Legs Beer of the Week: Non-alcoholic options from Athletic Brewing Company

I love beer. After now having visited over 410 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.

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Sometimes it seems like Oregon has two major past times – running and drinking (we have a whole post on this!). While I personally take this to heart, I do acknowledge that while the social aspect of beer drinking in Oregon is as much a part of the fun, not everyone is into beer/alcohol. That can be for a variety of reasons – intolerance, beliefs, tastes – and that’s totally cool. I may do a weekly post on the stuff (and travel far and wide to check places out), but I don’t hold any ill will towards the non-drinker.

Sometimes, a reason to forego beer (or forego drinking lots of beer) is due to the caloric intake it provides. I totally get that many of our readers are in the midst of intense training regimens to get that PR, BQ, or even just get in better shape. A beer may be worth it, but expending a few hundred calories on essentially “empty” calories may not be worth it. This week’s Kegs and Legs is featuring a few beers from Athletic Brewing Company, who has this to say:

We believe you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your ability to be healthy, active, and at your best to enjoy great beer – so we created our innovative lineup of refreshing, non-alcoholic craft beers.

We’re beer lovers at heart. But we also love being healthy, active, and at our best. These conflicting passions created an internal struggle. Why couldn’t these loves live in harmony? Yes, there was non-alcoholic beer – but we’re lovers of great tasting beer. Maybe it just wasn’t possible, but we had to give it a try. A few years and hundreds of recipes later, Athletic Brewing Company was born – the first brewery and tap room fully devoted to the production of non-alcoholic craft beer in the US. We craft our innovative recipes using only pure, all-natural ingredients in small batches at our custom, state-of-the-art brewery. Our intricate process lets you enjoy the refreshing taste of craft beer without the alcohol… So whether you’ve decided to cut alcohol out of your life for good, for a night, or for just one drink, Athletic Brewing Company provides an option without compromises.

We were sent their Run Wild IPA and Upside Dawn Golden Ale to try out and honestly, they do an extremely good job at producing what they set out to – solid “beers” with a non-alcoholic and low-calorie profile. The Run Wild IPA clocks in 70 calories per can. Popping open the can, it smells like a low-IBU IPA and pours like one too (though with more carbonation). It’s created with a blend of five Northwest hops and drinks like a session IPA. The bitterness is low but present and is surprisingly refreshing. Though I’m not an IPA connoisseur, this tends to be my go-to. That was why I expected to really not be impressed with this, but actually ended up thinking it was pretty good for what it is. I’m not sure I’d forego all of the great IPA’s in my fridge to drink this exclusively, but it’s (sadly, I guess) actually better than some session IPA’s out there and an option I would totally fit in during my training.
I left a few cans in my brother-in-laws beer fridge, and received a prompt response. “I’m drinking the non-alcohol IPA and it’s honestly better than some of the macrobrew stuff like Henry Weinhard’s IPA or crappy low-cal stuff like Michelob Ultra.” For someone with an affinity for craft beer options, that’s a rousing success in my books.
The Upside Dawn Golden Ale pours almost an apple-juice color and has mild smells of floral out of the can. It clocks in at only 50 calories and it, also, is surprisingly refreshing. I think this tastes better than it smells and is extremely light-bodied and drinks very clean. It’s brewed with premium organic malts from US & Germany along with combo of English and traditional American hops.
Overall, I was impressed with these two beers and would be very interested in seeing more of these available here on the West Coast. While they don’t yet seem to be available nearby, you can head to their online shop to pick up a 6-pack for only $9.99 (plus shipping – can be up to $20 depending on location). Save 10% by buying more than one pack.

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Brewery: Athletic Brewing Company (Instagram)

  • 350 Long Beach Blvd; Stratford, CT 06615
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About Matt Rasmussen (1250 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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