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cbrown0531:
I love to homebrew, and also love to run (and cross fit). There have been several articles in various magazines and news outlets promoting beer as a better post work out drink as opposed to sports drinks. Ive really started looking into this, but the beer that I have been making during the last few months is thick, dark, and not as refreshing after a long run. If anyone has done a Tough Mudder you know you are handed a beer right after your headband, and that beer is a Dos Equis. Also quite not as refreshing as I had hoped. Does anyone know what type of beer would be best after a workout? I imagine something on the light side, somewhat hoppy, some citrus. I am not thinking just for refreshment, but also that may have other benefits, such as cramp/soreness reduction etc.

Happy brewing!

yso191:
The only thing that comes to mind is a Saison, since it was originally brewed for farm hands as they work.

Steve

erockrph:
Believe it or not, I'm thinking Guinness is probably your best choice. To me refreshing means low abv and possibly a hint of acidity. And to help you out after a run you want minerals and enough residual sugar to replenish some carbs without being cloying.

Other choices would be an English mild, or a sessionable amber, porter or brown ale.

tschmidlin:
I was thinking a nice weizen would be very refreshing after a workout.  It is after mowing the lawn anyway. ;)

jds357:
From articles I've read, beers that are dark and low in alcohol content are the healthiest for you.  New studies show that one dark beer a day has great health benefits.  As far as post workout... I think the best way to find out is to experiment for yourself ;)

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