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The recovery ale

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Last year I wrote about a study that found that electrolyte-infused beer helped athletes recover after workouts. Here was my summary at the time:

The researchers weren’t exactly giving this a ringing endorsement for post-exercise Gatorade replacement. But they did see it as an improvement for beer drinkers. Their conclusion stated that electrolyte beer is “a potential compromise” beverage. tweet

The only problem was the beer didn’t exist, at least not commercially. It was simply a prototype cooked up by scientists for testing.

Today, this beer still doesn’t exist on the market. But it’s getting closer — and has a name.

A Canadian beverage company named Vampt has concepted a low calorie, electrolyte-infused beer called Lean Machine. It’s not actually being brewed yet, but at least they’ve secured a URL: Leanmachinecanada.com.

According to that website, it should be available (funding permitting) later this summer. But it’s already drawing attention from the likes of NPR, which interviewed its founder Ian Toews.

“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,” Toews told NPR.

Beyond the general idea, it’s hard to get a read on this beer. They say their ingredients can be broken into four groups (muscle recovery, electrolyte replenishment, anti-oxidant, immune system) but they don’t provide details of what that means. It’s said to have a mere 77 calories and .5 percent ABV.

But there’s no mention of how it’s being brewed or any of the beer side of the ingredients. The website and Facebook page is mostly attractive models and outdoorsy pictures next to their label.

I’d love to see an electrolyte beer exist someday, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a quality version hit the market soon. Unfortunately I think this version is mostly marketing hype – but I’d love to be proven wrong.


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] draftmag.com.


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