1. Craft beer has several health benefits

Yep, you heard that right. Studies show that craft beer has many health benefits including a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, alzheimer’s, diabetes, kidney stones and of breaking a bone. Something to keep in mind here though is that these health benefits are linked to drinking beer in moderation.

2. Support locally and have fun

Local breweries provide jobs for your community. Buying local helps the economy. Put money into your community and good things happen to your community such as growth and expansion. Plus, it's fun to share your favorite beers with friends! Craft beer breweries make a variety of beers and often times seasonal beers. So, there's always something new to explore. How many times have you heard someone say, “you have got to try this beer!”  definitely not something you say about the big box brands.  

"The best beers are the ones we share with friends."

3. Craft beer is calorie dense 

The thing you need to be mindful about is that craft beers have more alcohol and the greater the alcohol by volume percentage (abv%), the greater the number of calories that beer contains. So, you have to be careful how much you take in if you don’t want it going to your waistline. Most craft beers range from 5-10% and some craft beers can be even higher compared to the typical Budweiser/Miller Light 2.5-5% abv.

Example: You drink 10 pints of craft beer (7% abv) per week. That equates to (10 X 280) 2,800 calories from beer alone for the week. That's an entire days worth of calorie needs. 

 

Check out this chart that looks at how much calorie content goes up as the alcohol by volume % goes up. Yikes! Source: www.beeroftomorrow.com