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A flavorful low calorie beer exists thanks to Monday Night Brewing
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Monday Night Brewing's Lay Low IPA. KELSEY PODO | The Times - photo by Kelsey Podo

Low calorie beer doesn’t have to taste like water, and Monday Night Brewing just proved that.

The Atlanta-based brewery conjured up a 90-calorie, 3.2% alcohol by volume beer that easily stands up to its more flavorful, higher alcohol and calorie relatives. 

Lay Low

Brewery: Monday Night Brewing

Alcohol by volume: 3.2%

Style: Low calorie IPA

Bottom line: Utter sorcery

Peter Kiley, Monday Night’s brewmaster, said the birth of this beer stemmed from frustration with light beer produced around the country. You know the sort of beer I’m talking about –– Bud Light, Miller Light, Michelob Ultra.

The water-flavored beer. 

“I’ve tried a lot of low calorie beers, and I’ve never been more disappointed in fellow brewers across the U.S.,” Kiley said. “They’re not delicious.”

Instead of continuing to complain about the lack of tasty low calorie beer in the world, Kiley decided to do something about it. 

If you’ve ever tried a beer from Monday Night, you’ve probably noticed that they don’t cut corners with their beer. Law Low is no exception. 

To impart bold flavors, Kiley said he aggressively dry-hopped the beer. He packed 3 pounds of Idaho 7, Sultana and Citra hops into each barrel of beer, which is around 31 gallons. 

“We habitually find the least profitable way to make beer,” Kiley said with a laugh. “Three pounds per barrel with exciting contemporary hops, we have the worst margins on this beer. But, at the end of the day, we’ve never gotten into beer to be rich. Our goal is to focus on creating a quality product that people can trust.”

The tropical flavors from the hops truly shine in this beer. As soon as I cracked open the can, I got a strong whiff of pineapple and citrus. 

This aroma alone blew away all of my expectations. Not once has a low calorie beer ever greeted me with any sort of strong scent. I knew from that point that I was dealing with some form of Peter Kiley sorcery. 

The flavors are equally as bold as the aroma. Lay Low hit my tastebuds with a little bitterness and vibrant notes of scuppernong, pineapple and oranges.

To say that I’m impressed would be an understatement. 

This light-bodied brew is the sort of beer you can crush without the fear of feeling slowed down by alcohol. It’s truly a lawnmower, easy-drinking summer beer. 

Plus, the can design is quite stylish with its neon colors and ‘80s “Tron” vibe. Merely holding the beer will bump up your cool meter. Who wouldn’t want to flaunt it?

If you’re looking for a low calorie beer that packs a flavorful punch, get your hands on Law Low from Monday Night. 

Monday Night Brewing’s taprooms are located in Atlanta at 933 Lee St. SW and 670 Trabert Ave. NW. For more information about this brewery’s beer, visit mondaynightbrewing.com

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