After a long, strenuous workout, there’s nothing like cracking open a cold one…right? It just so happens that this concept might not be so farfetched anymore.
Canadian beverage company Lean Machine has created the first beer with post-workout recovery in mind. The beer comes in several different styles featuring lager, hefeweizen, honey ale and pepper ale. If the company gets enough funding, production is expected to begin later this year.
The sports drink/recovery ale was created by food scientists from Vampt beverage corp. Each beer is low in alcohol, high in protein and full of vitamins and minerals. Allegedly, the drink helps replenish things like nutrients, antioxidants and electrolytes that are lost during a workout.
“We just thought that maybe we could do something that would support a drinker, make it still socially fun, and help them accomplish what needs to be accomplished after an aggressive workout,” Ian Toews, Vampt founder, said.
Curiously, this area has been explored by several universities around the world. Ben Desbrow, a sports nutritionist at Griffith University in Australia, discovered the secret to removing the dehydrating effects of beer lied in changing the electrolyte and alcohol content of the beer. Desbrow’s study also found that beer, being made from plant-based ingredients, contains many natural nutrients missing from manufactured sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade.
Toews said the overall idea is to provide a beverage for young, active beer lovers, all while promoting safe drinking, and considering the alcohol content of Lean Machine is less than 1 percent, that shouldn’t be a problem.