Surviving Beer in Hollywood

The Oscars are looming near and the white hot entertainment news spotlight is firmly affixed on our fair city, Los Angeles.  Yes we Beer Chicks are Los Angelenos.  This fact has led us into some pretty tricky beer territory, as for years Los Angeles was known as a craft beer wasteland.  We proudly persevered to find the best craft beer available in the city.  But succumbing to the L.A. fad diet peer pressure, (we admit it!), while simultaneously drinking craft beer hasn't always been easy.

The Macrobiotic Diet:
Madonna, Gwenyth Paltrow, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore: all these very good-looking celebrities have been said to use a macrobiotic diet to keep them lean, mean, rich and famous.  The macrobiotic diet means no preservatives, no additives and no animals.  You can drink beer as long as it doesn 't have preservatives!  That means certified organic beer.  The Beer Chicks favorite certified organic beer is Green Lakes Organic Ale from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.   This amber ale starts with some citrus on the nose with touches of rose petal and plum. The first taste is tart with toasty pecans in the middle followed by a nice hop bitterness and dry finish. 5.2%ABV.

The Low-Carb Diet:
Most people think alcohol is a carb, but it's not. When it comes to nutrition, alcohol is its own little category: there's protein, fat, carbohydrates and then alcohol.  That being said, for a beer to have a label that reads "low carbohydrate," the beer must have no more than 7 grams of carbohydrates per serving.  Be aware that any beer can say "reduced" or "lower" carbohydrates if that brewery happens to make a higher carb beer.  We are not huge fans of low-carb beers.  To us, low-carb beers represent a world of fizzy watery beers … but if you must, you must…  The Beer Chicks recommend Montauk Light by New York Brewery Southampton Publick House.  This super-light beer (3.5% ABV) is very flavorful for what it is.  Golden with nice fluffy effervescence, with a bready middle and a dry hop zing in the finish.  If you can't find that, there's always Michelob Ultra or Pellegrino.

The Gluten-Free Diet:

A gluten-free diet is one that is completely free of ingredients derived from gluten-containing grains such as: wheat, barley & rye (you know, all the things that beer is made from!) Most gluten-free beers are made from a gluten-free cereal grain called Sorghum. This diet is particularly tough for us, but one gluten-free beer that the Beer Chicks have been digging lately is Green's Endeavor, which is a Belgian-style Dubbel made by Green's Gluten Free Beers of the United Kingdom.  This beer is a deep, dark fruity beer with aromas and flavors of chocolate and licorice.  Slightly liqueur-ish in its mouthfeel, this beer is effervescent with a sweet lingering finish. 7.0% ABV.  (Another gluten-free beer that is more universally available is by Anheuser-Busch called Redbridge.)

The Cigarettes & Coffee Diet:

Similar to the Diet Coke & Vodka Diet, this super unhealthy option is often found in Hollywood nightclubs and is used by super thin model/actresses (to stay super thin) and very poor super thin musicians (to stay awake for their midnight gig).   Instead we Beer Chicks opt for either a smoky beer or a coffee beer.   For smoky, we love the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum, Bamberg, Germany. This beer smells like a fireplace with huge smoke, a touch of caramel, and a dry finish. 6.6% ABV.  For coffee, we've been totally into Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Company, Fort Bragg, California. One of our favorite brews, deep bitter espresso and dark, dark chocolate. A perfect nightcap. 9%ABV.