Out With Water, In With the Post-Workout Beer

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erdinger alkoholfreiYou've just run a breezy six miles, and you're looking for a little recharge. So you open your refrigerator and place your paws on a nice chilled bottle of beer, right?

Well, that's what one company is hoping for, anyway. Erdinger Alkoholfrei, a non-alcoholic brew from Germany, is being advertised as a "sports and fitness drink."

Nutritional information aside, maybe we should be a little realistic here, brew gods. When I think hydration after a long session in the gym, I think water; I think sports drinks. When I think of celebrating -- now that's when I think of beer.

In fact, beer would probably be my last choice after a workout, don't you agree?

First things first: Although the beer is called "alcohol-free," it still contains 0.5 percent alcohol. Honestly, who doesn't want to follow up a good workout with teensy bit of alcohol right? Wrong. Plain and simple, drinking a beer after working out is totally gross. You've just tried super hard to put a positive physical fitness foot forward, and I can't help but think that this beer -- or any beer really -- is a step back. Can the beer help hydrate you after your sweat session? Yes. But so can a cool glass of healthful water or a delicious sports drink.

And while Erdinger Alkoholfrei is the No. 1 non-alcoholic beer in Germany, I doubt that means it will be successful over here in the United States. Think for a moment: When was the last time you actually picked out a solid non-alcoholic beer for sheer enjoyment? Non-alcoholic beers remind me of my underage years, and even back then they had little-to-no appeal. I have no shame in my opinion that beer without the alcohol ... well, it's just not as good.

Also, a look at the facts shows that non-alcoholic beer sales have been declining for more than a decade. Combine the availability of other sports drink options with a general lack of interest in non-alcoholic beer, and it seems to me like this is a trend worth passing on.

Would I drink one? For kicks, sure I'd try it. But other than that, I'll stick to my strawberry Powerade Zero, with 0 percent alcohol content.

Would you trade in water or sports drinks for a beer post-workout?


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KTMOM KTMOM

No.  I mean I do like beer, but not after a workout! LOL

momof... momoflilangel

No thank you. And what is the point of non alcoholic beer anyways? seriously? It's not like it tastes that great.

shajd... shajdinyak

I'm pregnant and missing my German beers so I would love to try it!

frysh... fryshannon34

No beer for me after working out

Redhe... RedheadMama18

I don't like beer at any time so definitely not after a workout lol.

tazdvl tazdvl

Not after a workout.

sstepph sstepph

Nope. Rather have my water!

bsawy... bsawyer84

They say that beer contains all the essential nutrients and whatnot we require. And you're actually supposed to drink chocolate milk after a workout to rebuild your muscles, so water is wrong too.

Peajewel Peajewel

I don't like beer ever so I don't think I could do it after a work out.  I read that milk is a great thing to drink after a work out too but I can't do that either.  YUCK!

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