Gunner’s Libation: Sufferfest FKT Ale |

Gunner’s Libation: Sufferfest FKT Ale

by Stephen Regenold

Beer is a common post-adventure celebratory beverage. One company now hopes to make it part of the hydration equation.

Sufferfest Beer Co. prepares its FKT Pale Ale with an ingredient rich in vitamin C. The beer also has as much sodium as some electrolyte sports drinks.

The California company brews the beer with black currants and iodized salt. It has a thirst-quenching taste that’s tangy but with a sweet aroma.

“While there is no substitute for water, the 65mg of salt per serving in FKT helps facilitate cell hydration and prevent cramping,” notes the company in a press release.

Granted, water and traditional sports drinks are a smarter idea most of the time. But for beer drinkers who want an alcohol alternative, Sufferfest has one of the only options on the market.

Beyond purported hydration attributes, Sufferfest is known for its low-gluten beers. The FKT Ale contains less than five parts per million of gluten, which qualifies as gluten-free in Europe and “gluten-removed” in the U.S.

FKT is a 5.5% ABV beer, making it as strong as many craft brews. Drink responsibly and hydrate for recovery mainly with water or traditional sports drinks.

But if you often crack a cold one after a run or bike ride, Sufferfest could be a new beer for you.

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