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The beer that makes it okay* to have post-gym pint

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* Of course, it isn't really okay, but this may be a slightly better option than others.

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A man does a fancy form of a press-up while his Lean Machine waits patiently for consumption

If your idea of a post-exercise beverage is not a shaker full of gloopy chocolate-ish milky protein-based muck, you may well be in luck.

That's what the dogged marketing team behind 'Lean Machine' hope to convey, at least.

Vampt, a Canadian drinks brand, have produced a drink they like to call the 'world's first recovery ale' with the stated aim of fulfilling most athletes' dreams.

Most people have experienced the longing for a nice alcoholic beverage - preferably a beer! - following a hard stint of exercise, only it seems directly at odds with the whole point of going for a run or sweating it out at the gym.

The Lean Machine contains a 'rejuvenating cocktail of electrolytes, anti-oxidants and vitamins, plus 2.5g of carbs and 7g of protein', as developed by a crack team of food scientists.

So not only does it help replenish cells that become depleted from exercise, but it is just 77 calories a can - roughly half the average amount of a standard beer.

But don't expect to see Premier League players or Olympians downing a Lean Machine after crossing the white line. This is surely just a practical case of drinking damage limitation.

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Joe Hart recovers with a cheeky squirt of Lean Machine Honey Ale

"All beer contains proteins and nutrients that help the body recover, but a lot of that is taken out in the brewing process," said Vampt founder Ian Troews.

"We just thought that maybe we could do something that would support a drinker, make it still socially fun, and help them accomplish what needs to be accomplished after an aggressive workout."

So what does it all come down to, given that the very concept of a 'fit beer' appears to be an obvious oxymoron?

Vampt's team of scientists claim to have discovered that by tweaking the alcohol content and adding salt, their beer can actually help the body recover and aid re-hydration following exercise.

What is more - and look away now staff of isotonic-drink manufacturers - it could even be healthier than the glucose and sugar heavy sports drinks that professional athletes love to swill in their mouth then spit out.

Let's face it: beer's key ingredients of barley, hops and yeast offer natural compounds for the recovery ale's base content.

Somewhat intriguingly, the Lean Machine will land in the UK in the form of four different ales: traditional lager, honey, lemon and pepper flavours. Oh, and all are gluten free.

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At 3.5pc ABV, the Calgary brewed 'ultra premium' beverage is aiming to break the cycle of light beers that taste of something altogether warmer and more natural to the human body.

Brands such as Coors, Carling, Corona and Budweiser have all churned out relatively popular 'light' beers that are essentially stripped of taste as a result of reducing the calories by simply cutting out alcohol content.

Has beer ever been good for you? Well, Guinness of course boasted that their product was 'good for you' back in the day in famous marketing campaigns that some men still proudly display to reassure themselves.

So, here's a toast to you, Vampt: may the Pepper Ale Lean Machine have every success.

If it doesn't, then we'll simply be toasting pints of proper beer with the usual superfluous Powerade chaser instead.


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