Food Showdown: Battle of the St. Paddy's Day Brews!

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Top o' the morning to ya and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Even if you're not of Irish descent, there are many ways you can still get into the spirit of this fun, heritage-based holiday. You could deck yourself out in green from head to toe, or blast Irish music and jig around your house while you do chores. Or, you could enjoy a frosty mug of Irish beer, green food coloring optional. If you do choose to indulge in a festive drink tonight, which Irish brew will set you back the least amount of calories: a Guinness Draught stout or a Killian's Irish Red lager?
The Winner: Guinness Draught!

Don't be fooled by its dark color and rich flavor: Guinness is your lucky charm in this round! 12 ounces of this stout beer will only cost you 125 calories, whereas 12 ounces of Killian's clocks in at 163 calories. As a bonus, Guinness has a full-bodied, bittersweet taste, which means you'll probably be satisfied with less. If stouts aren't your cup o' tea, stick with light beers and stay away from the oversized pints. Sip slowly and enjoy the flavor and the festivities-- Erin Go Bragh!  

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