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Recover with chocolate milk beer


At one point in history, sports drinks were pretty much the only options runners considered for their post-workout recovery drink. A whole industry rose up around replenishing minerals and electrolytes with expensive and highly marketed products.

But then, runners started realizing the elements of recovery were already in their fridge under their nose. Beer and chocolate milk became the recovery drinks of choice for the type of runners who didn’t buy into industry hype.

Maybe these beverages didn’t quite offer the same the full nutrition label as a Gatorade or a Powerade. But they did provide necessary carbs and minerals for replenishment. The milk industry even started getting behind the trend when they saw it take off with runners.

“Thanks to clever marketing and some scientific research, a beverage that was once avoided due to a high sugar and calorie content is now the Homecoming Queen of recovery nutrition,” wrote a nutritionist at Runner’s World.

But what may matter more than nutrition and recovery is it HITS THE SPOT. Chocolate milk and beer just taste better after a long, sweaty workout. It’s a far better reward than a bottled purple sports drink.

And now, you can combine your love of chocolate milk and beer recovery drinks together. Odell has just released a chocolate milk stout.

The beer is named in honor of the dairy farmer who uses the brewery’s spent grain to feed his cows. It’s brewed with milk sugar and milk chocolate and “reminds us of a cold glass of chocolate milk.”

Sounds like the best of all worlds.


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at]

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