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The Five Best-Tasting Nonalcoholic Beers to Get Through Dry January

Men's Health logo Men's Health 1/10/2019 Joy Manning

a cup of beer on a table: Just in time for Dry January, upstart craft brewers are releasing nonalcoholic beers with actual flavor. These are the best options to drink when you're sober. © LeszekCzerwonka - Getty Images Just in time for Dry January, upstart craft brewers are releasing nonalcoholic beers with actual flavor. These are the best options to drink when you're sober. It's always easy to say that you'll do a dry January-and there could be good reasons to go for it, especially if you've been trying to sleep better or simply cut back on calories. For many guys, it's understandable if their willpower fails to withstand the first test of a buddy showing up with a six-pack, two meat lover's pies, and plans to watch the game.

Thankfully, it's now possible to enjoy a slice and a couple of cold ones without wrecking your month-long sobriety goal. Many leading craft brewers are now making a wide range of nonalcoholic brews that are nothing like the watery, flavorless imposters that have occupied supermarket shelves in the past. These beverages deliver all the satisfaction of an ice-cold lager, but free of the ABV that you're trying to avoid. (Worth noting: Not all "non-alcoholic" beers are actually free of alcohol. Some contain up to 0.5 percent ABV, the legal limit to label a beverage non-alcoholic.) 

Beyond staying consistent with your dry January plans, however, there could be additional benefits to reaching for a booze-free brew. For starters, they're loaded polyphenols-compounds found primarily in plants that may help ward off disease and protect you from free-radical damage. A 2012 German study also found that marathon runners who drank N/A beer during training had less overall inflammation.

After several rounds of testing, these booze-free picks emerged as the winners we'd most strongly recommend sliding into the fridge next to your go-to six-pack. You know, the one you're still saving for February 1.

If You Love: Sierra Nevada Pale AleTry: Partake Brewing IPA

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Citrusy and bracing, this is the ultimate low-calorie session beer-an option even if you’re following a low-carb or keto plan, for some reason.

Calories per 12 ounces: 10 Buy: premiumnearbeer.com/usaIf You Love: Blue MoonTry: Wellbeing Brewing Heavenly Body Golden Wheat

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This thirst quencher is a post-run reviver. You’ll taste grapefruit and a little spice. Plus, no regrets about slugging back a sugary sports drink.

Calories per 12 ounces: 68Buy: shop.wellbeingbrewing.comIf You Love: Fat Tire Amber AleTry: Wellbeing Brewing Hellraiser dark amber

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There’s a strong malt backbone, but hops balance the sweetness. Try it with an equally bold food, such as a medium-rare beef burger or spicy chorizo tacos.

Calories per 12 ounces: 80Buy: shop.wellbeingbrewing.com If You Love: GuinnessTry: Bravus Brewing Oatmeal Stout

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Smells like a campfire, pours supersmooth. This substantial stout matches especially well with chocolate desserts, which help coax out the brew’s caramel notes.

Calories per 12 ounces: 110Buy: store.bravus.comIf You Love: Goose Island IPATry: Athletic Brewing Run Wild IPA

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This one has a palate-popping bitterness. Judges at the 2018 International Beer Challenge gave it a gold medal in the specialty-beer category. You’ll like it, too.

Calories per 12 ounces: 70Buy: athleticbrewing.com

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