As you may know, I don't drink much beer. I mainly drink hard liquor. Liquor has no sugar and no carbohydrates. There are 64 calories in an ounce of whiskey, and 1.5 ounces in a shot. Therefore a shot's worth of whiskey has 96 calories. A bottle of Blue Moon beer has 171 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates. They have about the same amount of alcohol (1.5 ounces of whiskey times 40% equals .6 ounces of alcohol, and 12 ounces of beer times 5% is also .6 ounces). Therefore drinking whiskey with no mixer, or a sugar free zero calorie mixer, is less likely to make you fat than a six pack of beer. Fewer calories are fewer calories. Liquor can also be far, far cheaper than beer. How much cheaper? Well, I have come up with a resource to help you down the liquor road. Behold: the Liquor Exchange!
Right now, as the microbrew movement reaches maturity we are in the beginning of a liquor renaissance. Led by premium vodkas (which are not worth the price), gin and Irish whiskey have come back in a big way. Hopefully brandy is hot on their heels. Come join the revolution.