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Recover with beer gels

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It’s one of the great questions of training: What flavor energy gel should I eat? The choices range from strawberry or lemon-lime to chocolate or double espresso. So, do you want sweet or savory when you’re running or biking for long distances?

Now performance nutrition company TORQ is introducing a new option: Beer-flavored energy gel.

“No, this isn’t a dream,” the company writes on its website. “We have something very special for you indeed.”

The UK-based TORQ teamed up with Adnams brewery to launch a “winter shandy” gel using Ghost Ship ale. The limited edition gel will debut at the Cycle Show on September 22nd and, just in time for the October marathon season, it will be available in stores all over the UK as well as online from WB beginning September 26th.

As for the question of if the gel will help or hinder performance, TORQ says there’s “no chance” that it will get you drunk but that it will boost performance with maltodextrin and fructose.

“We’ve figured out that you’d need to suck down more than 30 gels to consume the amount of alcohol you’d get in half a pint of regular Adnams Ghost Ship (34.4 gels to be precise),” the company says. “At our recommended 2-3 TORQ Units per hour, we reckon you’re going to really struggle to feel any effect other than our usual trademark rapid carbohydrate delivery!”

What do you think? Does it sound gross? Delicious? Intoxicating? Would you try it in a race or training run? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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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  • Dan says:

    It definitely sounds a little gross but I’m also not sure what the TORQ gels texture is like, I’m imagining myself choking down one towards the end of long race that’s a thicker consistency like Gu rather than something like PowerGel.

    That being said, if this was just to get some calories in my system before a training run or a 10k I’d be interested in giving it a try.

  • davetharave says:

    I love beer but I don’t want to start consuming beer-flavored stuff all day, thank you very much. I’ll take my beer flavoring in the form of beer.

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