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True story: Beer started out as food. Big Beer has trained us moderns to think of it as light and refreshing—almost like a tall, cold, zero-calorie glass of water. But beer, in its essence, has never been much more than a felicitously tasty delivery mechanism for lots of calories and carbs. Take one of the carbier beers out there, Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Ale. A bottle of that brew has the same amount of carbs as half a large potato, skin and all. So how can you satisfy your craving without adding to your waistline? The key is steering clear of the worst offenders. Of the top 20 best-selling domestic beers in America, here are the ones that are surreptitiously going straight to your gut.