In the News: Get Your Vitamins... from Beer?


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

A glass of Pinot noir at dinner, a cold beer during a football game, a cocktail with friends after work. The occasional alcoholic beverage has its place in a healthy lifestyle for many people.
For those folks looking for a new, perhaps even healthier way to imbibe, some Texas brewers might have the drink for you.

Stampede Light Plus
is a light beer that's labeled as "Beer Plus." The beer has added folate and B vitamins, which are depleted from the body by alcohol.

Started by a fitness expert and former Anheuser-Busch marketing employee, Lawrence Schwartz, the beer is currently only available in Texas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arkansas, Louisiana and parts of Florida. He set out to create a beer that wouldn't completely negate his workouts but still taste good. (He thought most mainstream light beers tasted like swill.) Stampede is "geared toward people who care about the ingredients that go into what they eat and drink."

The result: A light beer that brewed in the Adirondacks with spring water, hops and barley (of course) and infused with white oak chips. One 12-ounce bottle has 115 calories, 8.8 g carbs, .6 g protein, 0 g fat. (By comparison, a Bud Light has 110 calories, .9 g protein, and 6.6 g carbs 4.2% alcohol by volume.) It's 3 percent alcohol by weight and 3.8 percent alcohol by volume, according to the Stampede website. (According to other sources, beer already has some vitamins in it.)

And did I mention that Jessica Simpson has signed on to promote Stampede beer?

First water got a nutritional boost, then soda, and now alcohol.

What do you think about these "functional" drinks? (SparkPeople dietitian Becky Hand weighed in on functional foods and beverages awhile back. Read what she had to say.) Do you think about the health benefits of the beverages you consume? Would you drink a beer that might offer you a nutritional boost?
Photo: screen capture of Stampede Beer website

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  • 64
    Sounds like just another gimmick to make a sale. If alcohol depletes these vitamins in your system, what makes the added vitamins stay in your system instead of washing away with the beer? - 6/23/2010   7:53:49 PM
    Its the same as food as long as its consumed in moderation - 11/28/2009   8:40:04 AM
  • 62
    I prefer to get my vitamins from the foods I eat.not much of a alcohol consumer. Really defeats purpose of dieting and eating well. - 5/22/2009   10:00:48 PM
  • 61
    I'm only having beer occasionally now, so when I do have one I'm going to go more for taste than function. I already consume a healthy diet and a multivitamin so I'm not looking for any drink to add nutrients, especially one designed for fun! - 5/15/2009   11:31:14 AM
  • 60
    I enjoy a Guriness Stout on occasion.Since coming to SP I have found so many good drinks.As long as it fit's on my nutrition counter,I have read enough information that it's ok but it's still like a dessert,only on occasion and only in moderation...Chef Jim - 4/25/2009   7:32:18 AM
  • LUSK64
    I have never found a beer that I liked so I guess I won't be trying this. - 4/15/2009   7:48:41 PM
  • 58
    My paternal grandparents were from Germany. My Grandmother drank two beers or two glasses of GERMAN wine every day she lived until she had a stroke at the ripe old age of 86. She was healthy and robust all her life and whole heartedly believed that beer and wine are good for you IN MODERATION. Her daughter, my aunt, embraces that same habit and recently celebrated her 90th birthday in superb health!

    I file this new product information under the thumb rule "Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door." He's building a better beer. It may not be the whole world but I'm sure that many are already beating a path to that door ~ - 4/8/2009   4:51:25 PM
  • 57
    I enjoy the occassional beer, and being a Texan, I'll have to give this one a try sometime. If I weren't an occassional beer drinker, I certainly wouldn't be influenced to drink it for the "nutritional value," though. I do appreciate when people put a little thought into offering a little more value for their products by reducing the calories or adding at least a little nutrition. It doesn't make it "healthy," but it does make you feel a little bit better about your occassional "splurges." - 4/8/2009   1:00:40 PM
  • 56
    I don't like beer but DH has it at restaurants only. I will have to show him this article. - 3/13/2009   12:11:30 PM
  • 55
    I never cut out the beer from my diet. I knew that if I did cut it out, I would lose the weight fast BUT put it all back on once I reached my goal weight. Everything in moderation !!!! - 3/13/2009   3:31:30 AM
  • 54
    Won't leave you with a beer belly? *smile* - 3/12/2009   9:22:44 PM
  • 53
    I think it's a great idea, will try it when I can find it. - 2/5/2009   11:20:44 AM
  • 52
    after reading further comments -
    i believe that anyone who uses excuses to drink more...will use ANY excuse. it wont matter if there are vitamins or not. I dont believe for a minute adding a few vitamins will cause anyone to drink more. i believe that is just silly. - 1/25/2009   3:38:05 PM
  • 51
    i'd give it a try, but i tend to like darker - more flavorful beers.

    However I can see the benefit. For the occassional beer indulge, it would be nice to know it is not completely leeching nutrients. Just empty calories. But then again, i add in empty calories into my nutrition plan all the time. If the flavor is equal to something else i'd choose - then i'd probably opt for the one with the extra boost. - 1/25/2009   3:31:36 PM
    I will stick to my michelob ultra:) - 1/24/2009   8:56:02 AM
    Looks interesting......I normally drink light beer when I do drink beer, so I would at least try it. - 1/21/2009   7:12:28 PM
    Healthy and beer just doesn't seem at all appealing to me. I mean if you still drink a whole lot, you'll get hungry and still snack on junk food. Personally, I enjoy 1 or 2 beers a week. Nothing hurts in moderation. - 1/20/2009   9:38:13 AM
  • KWOO87
    Some people choose to enjoy beer responsibly, others choose not to enjoy it responsibly. Just like some people own weapons or drive responsibly, and others don't. We're all gifted with an ability to choose. Live a little. - 1/17/2009   2:10:55 PM
  • 46
    On one hand, it's a great idea. On the other hand, that's just weird! - 12/21/2008   8:52:25 PM
  • 45
    I think that it is a good idea if you already consume beer but it isn't something I would seek out to replace other things I eat or drink. That's what I do with water versus the vitamin waters. - 12/20/2008   8:57:02 PM
  • 44
    Just a new way to charge more for Beer!!! - 12/20/2008   7:21:23 PM
  • 43
    Ewwww. There are so many more tasty things to eat. (And... can you spell bloat?) Oh well. - 11/18/2008   10:07:02 PM
  • 42
    I think it's another promotional gimmick.
    I have drank many kinds of beer here and abroad - there is a definite difference - most beers I drank out of the US had a stronger, harder flavor. I checked with a friend that works for anheiser busch about the chemicals they used and he said "what chemicals" - they use all natural process with beechwood aging. So I was curious at what chemicals were supposedly in the beer made here? - 11/7/2008   9:05:17 PM
    I no longer live in the U.S. and I was surprised to hear how much people from other countries mock our beer as "piss water." There is not a single U.S. beer that compares to foreign beers, from what I am told. Apparently European beer manufacturers are limited to the number of ingredients they can put in beer, so it ends up being purer than the chemical laden concoctions that come out of the States. So I'm sure this one will be fine for people who don't mind U.S. beer. I'm sure it tastes the same, a sort of watered down version of real beer. I don't drink anymore, but if I did I would drink a hearty beer that was brewed to be a beer, not a vitamin drink. It sounds like an excuse to overindulge. - 11/4/2008   10:06:46 AM
  • 40
    Well, when I was a drinker I used to take a B vitamin before drinking or before going to bed after drinking. It seemed to help a bit with the hangover. Now, that I am not a drinker, I agree with others just take vitamins daily! - 10/21/2008   2:53:59 PM
  • *DEVA*
    well, i don't drink beer regularly, but i don't see a point. people need to just be responsible and find a place for drinking in a healthier way of life. EVERYTHING can't be done for us. - 10/6/2008   8:05:14 AM
  • 38
    I rarely drink and I haven't had any alcohol since I started my Spark journey. - 9/26/2008   6:00:08 AM
  • 37
    I think this will be just another gimmick. People that drink beer, have to like it for it's taste. That's why non-alcoholic beers never went over, cause they couldn't get the taste right. And if these folks are betting on selling a beer because it has vitamins (only Bs and folate anyway) how concerned are they going to be about
    producing a superb taste. If I'm going to have a beer, I'm going for a good taste, and it can't deplete that much in moderation, take a vitamin. - 9/15/2008   1:59:55 AM
  • 36
    I am not a big drinker, but if I go out to a restraunt and have RIBS or some yummy MEXICAN...or we cook out at home, I sometimes have a light beer. Some light beers have 0 carbs and I am on a low carb eating plan. This I might try, but carbs ARE higher than some other light beers. - 8/25/2008   1:04:08 PM
  • 35
    I very rarely drink alcohol and when I do it's a sugary concoction like margaritas or daiquiris. If I was a beer drinker I would try this just because it's something different. Can't hurt to try something new. - 8/25/2008   11:45:11 AM
  • 34
    I hate beer so I would never consider it. And I agree - it only promotes more drinking of alkohol. Stay away from it. - 8/24/2008   4:55:31 PM
  • 33
    A little bit of what you fancy does you good. - 8/24/2008   6:30:29 AM
  • 32
    I'm not at all impressed....but the smell of beer makes me nauseous and that is a feeling I avoid at all costs. I've never tasted it nor do I intend to. No offense meant...that's just my personal feelings.
    Kathy - 8/24/2008   1:09:57 AM
  • 31
    Just say no!!! - 8/23/2008   1:14:06 PM
    A new way to promote alcoholism
    Lum - 8/23/2008   12:04:56 PM
    The day I drink something named after herding cattle is the day I become one. No, thank you.

    But red wine does have a lot of potassium, and somehow, I can justify that. Maybe because the worst I've seen red wine called is "Barefoot", and I can just relate to that? - 8/23/2008   12:16:37 AM
  • 28
    This wouldn't help me because I don't like beer. For those who do, I guess it could be a plus. - 8/22/2008   10:16:17 PM
    I'd rather take liquid vitamin supplement after a night of drinking. Not that I do that kind of thing often. I think this kind of thing without ever explitly saying so could give people the idea that negative effects from alcohol in general can be negated, which I don't think is true.

    So I wouldn't buy it. I am ever faithful to my local beer anyway. - 8/22/2008   5:59:52 PM
  • 26
    Personally, I don't really care for beer but I will take a drink or 2 of my DH's beer. The one that I like best is MGD64. It only has 64 calories a can. Of course that means less alcohol per can also. - 8/22/2008   12:55:14 PM
  • 25
    I probably would never drink Stampede, but the idea makes sense to me. If alcohol depletes certain vitamins, why not replenish them while you're drinking. - 8/22/2008   11:19:16 AM
  • 24
    Wow and I thought adding limes or lemons to my martini helped me get some vitamin c.... I think they are on to something here..... ( not ) - 8/22/2008   10:55:15 AM
  • 23
    This certainly won't make me drink beer. (I am gluten free) but I guess the concept is nice. But there is more to a healthy lifestyle than vitamins and this is just another way to delude people who don't know any better. - 8/22/2008   10:28:22 AM
    What a joke... Just because you add synthetic vitamins to something doesn't make it any healthier for you. I can see all the alcoholics now claiming they have to have a drink because that is how they get thier daily vitamins. - 8/22/2008   10:16:00 AM
  • WW25LBS
    I agree with Autumnflame, I think it is silly to put added vitamins in beer. It will justify (for many) having a 2nd or 3rd one in a row by the rationalization "it's not that bad for me....." If I'm going to have 2 or 3 beers I don't want it to be easy for me to rationalize my over indulgence! And I do like beer, especially the new Bud Light Lime, 116 calories but I'm not drinking it for the Vitamin C. - 8/22/2008   9:45:32 AM
  • 20
    Brewed in the Adirondacks, but it's not available in New York? LOL!

    - Suebee, Western New Yorker ;) - 8/22/2008   9:04:01 AM
  • BIBEE1
    I am going to look for some at the grocery store tomorrow. If I am going to have a beer anyhow, why not add some vitamins? - 8/22/2008   8:28:12 AM
  • 18
    I can see some people using the vitamins as an excuse to drink more. I think it is a very silly idea to put vitamins in any alcoholic drink. - 8/22/2008   6:53:34 AM
  • 17
    The beer I enjoy the most is beer I have brewed myself. It is also healthier - lots of vitamins in the yeast at the bottom of the bottle!
    - 8/22/2008   6:43:51 AM
  • 16
    I do like Beer and this makes me happy to know there are vitamins in there for me.. For those who don't like beer sorry . - 8/22/2008   6:39:01 AM
  • 15
    I don't like beer and the thought of drinking an alcoholic beverage to get vitamins seems silly to me :) - 8/22/2008   1:43:35 AM

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