Happy Friday! Barley here to talk about something very important to training;
BEER RECOVERY! We all know that hard training is nothing without the proper recovery tools. During the holidays it is easy to overindulge in all sorts of treats, but I’m here to remind you that some treats can actually HELP you!
During runs in the sweltering summer heat I don’t know about you, but I dream of drinking a cold brew while chattering away in an ice bath. After a cold winter run, you’re probably tempted to grab a hot coffee to get rid of those chattering teeth, but I have something even better to stop your shivers … Holiday beers!
1. Great Lakes Christmas Ale
Much like Salty Running, this beer is made in Cleveland, Ohio and features cinnamon, honey, and ginger to tame its 7.5% ABV (alcohol by volume). Throw on some wool socks and comfy pants, then unwind with sugar cookies and a Christmas ale; sure to replenish your glycogen stores as you relax after your long run.
2. Southern Tier 2XMAS
On those days where you come back from a frigid run with frozen eyelashes, you can’t feel your face, and you aren’t sure your legs are still attached, grab this one. 2XMAS is a NY brewed ale. Its essences of orange peels and figs provide just the right flavors to thaw your taste buds. The spiciness and the 8.5% ABV will warm the rest of you!
3. Blue Moon Gingerbread Spiced Ale
Not quite ready for winter? You can pretend it’s fall forever with the one I call the Pumpkin Spiced Latte of beers. The smooth flavor and relatively low ABV (less than 6%) of this Colorado beer make it a great alternative to your hot chocolate, latte, or chai tea after a cold
winter late autumn run.
4. Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
Much like the Blue Moon, this Wisconsin brew is a great alternative for your post-run hot beverages. The strong vanilla and hints of chocolate flavors will warm you up while you do some post-run Garmin split-stalking just as much as any cup of coffee. (Another alternative is Rohrbach Vanilla Porter if you are ever in the Upstate, NY region. It would have made the list except it’s available by local distribution only).
5. Troegs Mad Elf Ale
I saved the most important for last, as this Pennsylvania delight is a vital tool in the runner’s recovery beer fridge. It might be the cherries and honey, or maybe the Dobby-like elf pictured on the bottle… but let’s be honest; it’s the 11% ABV that will get you every damn time. If your run was not the best and leaves you in a bitter Scrooge-like mood that shows no sign of budgin’, grab that bottle opener or just rip the top off with your running rage and chug one of these. I promise you that high alcohol content and deliciousness are sure to make you forget that bad run before you can say “fa la la la la.”
What holiday brews do you warm up with after a cold winter run? Cheers!