Earlier this month, America’s major beer trade organization, the almost suspiciously bland sounding Beer Institute announced that its members would be displaying calorie counts on their labels—a major shift from the typically low information labels that adorn most alcoholic beverages. Beyond alcohol by volume (ABV), labels on most beer sold in America offer precious few items that would inform drinkers about the contents of their bottles and cans. Craft brewers will sometimes list hop or malt varieties, but those are for the beer geeks, not the health nuts.
However, the Center for Science in the Public Interest got a jump on the new labels with calorie counts for a number of beers on shelves right now.
As Mike Pomranz pointed out, most of the beers that will be adding the new information will be larger brewers because the cost could be prohibitive for smaller beer makers who brew a constantly rotating lineup of beers. So most of the beers on the list come from those larger brewers or craft outfits like Ballast Point that was purchased by one of the big conglomerates. Interestingly, one of the lowest counts for any non-light beer belongs to Guinness Draught—not exactly a paradigm of light and refreshing. The highest count, as you might expect, belongs to a big stout—Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout to be specific—coming in at 320 calories per 12 ounces.
Check out the list below, and to find calorie counts for more of your liquid vices head over to CSPI where they break down plenty of wines, liquors and mixed drinks (Spoiler alert: You should probably stay away from the Red Robin Irish Beer Shake).