Good news for beer drinkers

Posted 12/5/19

I am writing this to seek the attention of our beer drinking community. This includes athletes, non-athletes, young people, old people, men and women, just about everyone.

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Good news for beer drinkers

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I am writing this to seek the attention of our beer drinking community. This includes athletes, non-athletes, young people, old people, men and women, just about everyone.

Non Alcoholic Beer!

I have enjoyed drinking beer (in moderation) since college days. (Not always in moderation).

When I lived in Alaska I learned how to make beer and I continued to make beer for many years after I moved to New Mexico. I used "Infant Malt Supex," used to treat infant constipation, and my daughter still tells me that it was some of the best beer she has ever tasted. Over the years I have occasionally tasted non-alcoholic beer and then stated: "Not for me! No body. The taste is not good."

Well, I am happy to tell all that times have changed. I have discovered a number of NA beers that are excellent. I started drinking them about 18 months ago instead of real beer. Several of them come from Europe, some are like amber ales and many have great flavor as well as carbonation and even real foam if you like that.

Also, about one half the calories. I know that I drank beer because I was thirsty and NA beer now satisfies my thirst. In the last year I have lost 10 pounds and now I wished I had discovered the new NA beers years earlier.

Some suggestions:

Clausthaler NA

Kaliber NA

O'Douls NA

Heineken NA

There are many other NA beers. You can research the internet and find out about taste, content and much more. The liquor stores in Taos have a wide assortment of NA beers and one manager told me that sales in NA beer are increasing monthly. Many of the restaurants are now stocking them.

One purpose of this column is to remind everyone about the upcoming holiday season and the dangers of driving while impaired. Can you get drunk on NA beer? The answer is no!

If you have not already done so please consider NA beer as an alternative to serve or to have available for guests. If you feel someone is having too much to drink or is apt to do so, slip him or her a Kaliber.

They'll never know the difference.

Happy Holidays.

Charles Anderson, MD, lives in Taos.

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