Tired of Domestics? Try these Light Craft Beers Instead

Hello and happy Friday friends! Today’s post is about my fave beverage that I will always mindfully build into my eating/drinking style. However, there are times when having two to three craft beers won’t align with my goals and let’s be honest, there are days I could have more than that too.

Did you know that your typical craft beer is served in a pint glass which is sixteen fluid ounces and depending on the ABV that pour could range between 250-400 calories?? I sure as a heck knew that beer had calories but those extra pours here and there throughout the week might have be why I wasn’t feeling my healthiest! While I absolutely adore craft beers from bourbon barrel aged stouts, to Belgian tripels, to tropical IPAs, there are times when I want to enjoy something a bit lighter and I’ll just say it, lower in calorie.

So of course most people who are mindful of their beer intake start to gravitate toward traditional domestic beers that taste somewhere between water and hay (maybe). I get it, they have been around the longest and they are pretty cheap. They also aren’t incredibly flavorful and the quality just isn’t there. The body of the beer will be watered-down and light because of the decreased sugar count.

This isn’t breaking news but leave it to craft breweries to help us find the best of both worlds, a light, low calorie beer that doesn’t sacrifice the complete flavors we’re after. Hey, you can also practice your mindful drinking techniques by slowly enjoying only one or two delicious browns or hazy IPAs. But if you’re looking for options, check out this list below.

Light Beers that Actually Taste Good

  • Dogfish Head Brewery: Slightly Mighty is a lo-cal IPA with monk fruit extract. This beer rings in at 95 calories and has a slight sweet taste to it due to the monk fruit. I appreciate the extra flavor and that it doesn’t taste like syrup.
  • Southern Tier Brewing Co: Swipe Light is an easy drinking ale that’s refreshing and enjoyable. It’s low in bitterness and has a moderate citrus aroma with only 110 calories.
  • Founders Brewing Co: All Day IPA is practically in my backyard! Though it comes in at 147 calories per can (12 fl-oz) it’s still a crazy enjoyable beer that’s light, crispy, and has a clean finish. It’s a session ale meaning it has a low ABV but this one will absolutely not disappoint on flavor.
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co: Daytime is a 98 calorie IPA that to me just tastes like a run of the mill IPA, except less pronounced hop flavors. It could use a bit more but is light and easy drinking.
  • Ballast Point Brewing: LAGER is another easy drinker but due to its hop and barley combination it has a slight fragrance and taste of banana and honey. Little to no bitterness will leave you enjoying a few of these around the fire.
  • Stone Brewing: Go-to IPA is a low ABV session IPA that still provides plenty of hop aroma and flavor ringing in at 134 calories. To get the more intense flavor, they use a technique called hop bursting. In short, near the end of the brewing process they add a large amount of hops in to ramp up the hop forward flavor and aroma.

You don’t have to drink multiple beers but if you would like to and you’d like to be more mindful of the nutrition then you’ve got options! Isn’t that what we like? Options so that we don’t get bored and tired of the same old things? Yep, that’s me! Also, I plan on cozying up to a bonfire this weekend but keeping it light with my beer and heavy with the s’mores.

What do you think? Would you try a lower calorie craft beer? If you try any, snap a photo and tag me on Instagram @The_Beer_Dietitian!

Orange Oatmeal Wit Pancakes

No it’s not a typo, I meant Wit and not WITH 😉 Have you ever had a wit beer? It’s a Belgian Wheat Ale and is brewed with at least 25% wheat malt. Often they are fruity and slightly lemony because it’s very common to use coriander and orange peel in the brewing process. This beer style used to be my favorite and now I lean towards sours, but truly I think it depends on the season I’m in as far as what beer style is my favorite.

A stack of lightly orange colored pancakes that have spiralize oranges on them

Anyways…because of my love for breakfast food and this beer style I thought…why not combine them together? These pancakes will fill you up because they use whole wheat flour and oats (hello, fiber!) but still have a sweetness from the orange and the beer. They’re great with syrup added on top but truth be told, I don’t think they need much when they’re already so flavorful. I might put a little vanilla yogurt on top, fresh fruit, or just a little butter. Snag the recipe below!

Orange Oatmeal Wit Pancakes

Lightly orange flavored pancakes that use only a bit of beer so you can drink the rest!

Course Breakfast
Keyword pancakes
Author Jessi Holden


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats quick or rolled are fine
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup wit beer
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp orange zest


  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a small bowl

  2. Mix all wet ingredients and whisk eggs.

  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and lightly spray your pan with cooking spray. Add your pancakes using your best judgement or 1/4 cup for precision. 

  4. Enjoy in your favorite way! 

Recipe Notes

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