Shortly after having written about the special connection between running and alcohol (and beer in particular), I stumbled upon 2 articles about beers made specifically for runners, so I had to write a follow-up.
It is true that running is getting really trendy nowadays: now there are runners everywhere all the time (in London, it’s crazy), running events beat their attendance numbers every year and many cities have created their own marathon or 10k recently. It is also true that beer, and craft beer in particular, is making a big come back since a few years: there’s not a day you don’t hear about a new micro-brewery that just opened, and old craft breweries are making their revival.
So it doesn’t come as a surprise that running and beer are coming together. It had to happen: some people made beer for runners! As you would expect, they are both alcohol-free, which is a bit sad but which makes sense.
The first one is Erdinger’s Erdinger Alkoholfrei and Men’s running seem excited about it, but I have mixed feelings. OK, it is isotonic, contains only 125 calories per pint, has a lot of good vitamins and all the good stuff for your body. But despite the fact that is brewed under the Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law), they are reluctant to call it a beer and call it a “non-alcoholic drink”, and that is fishy. It seems to me that it is just a new way of marketing non-alcoholic beer, which usually tastes like donkey pee, ugh (not that I have ever drank actual donkey pee). I now realise that the photo illustrating my last post about alcohol was a photo of this non-alcoholic beverage and I feel ashamed. In any case, I should try it to form a definitive opinion.
The second one is Energibajer by Mikkeller and I’m much more excited about it. First of all, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (founder of the Mikkeller brewery) advocates it passionately on Munchies. The marketing language and the description are much more appealing to a beer lover like me: ‘On the nose is a mix of peaches, apricots and a slight herbal note. The taste is light bodied and full of grapefruit from the hops with a refreshing finish’. This one too has vitamins and good stuff for your body, but it seems tastier. Then again, I want to taste it to form a definitive opinion. Hopefully I’ll be able to follow-up soon!