Happy St Patrick’s Day! Whether you are celebrating or not on this Irish holiday, we’ve got some tips for you on a very special Irish brew. You guessed it: That’s Guinness! If you are not familiar with it, Guinness happens to be an Irish dry stout, originating in Dublin, that is dark in color and strong in taste. Made from water, barley, roast malt extract, hops, and brewer’s yeast, its distinct flavoring sets it apart from the typical beer you get with the boys (or gals).
That being said, many sometimes decide on turning a blind eye to the beloved Guinness. Whether it is because of its unfamiliarity or perception that it might be high in calories because of its dark color, we are here to set you straight. While we can’t speak to the truthfulness behind its 1920’s campaign that “Guinness is Good For You”, it certainly isn’t all that bad. With so many studies finding that drinking moderately may, in fact, be better for you than abstaining from alcohol all together, that after work Guinness is looking more and more desirable everyday.
Need more reasons to try this dark ale? Well, Guinness is relatively low in alcohol. So, while this might not be the best choice if you are looking to get hammered on St. Paddy’s, it makes for a great night cap or smart choice any night of the week that you are looking to take it easy.
In addition, the myth that clearer alcohols and liquors are better for you must be debunked right this instant. Yes, Guinness is dark (and sweet), but this comes from the roasted barley used in its brewing process, and its creaminess is created from a mix of CO2 and nitrogen instead of simple carbon dioxide. By adding nitrogen, the bubbles become smaller – making the drink feel smoother and thinker instead of “bubbly”.
A 12 oz. serving of Guinness is about 125 calories which is only about 15 calories less than your regular Bud Light, but is so much more flavorful (and sophisticated!). We recommend giving this or any other health(ier) drink options a shot tonight. Any reason to celebrate, right?