This post was "brewed" in collaboration with Bell's Brewery, a 100% family-owned, independent brewery that's been creating unique and inspired craft beer in Michigan since 1985.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and we know which beer is giving us emoji-inspired heart eyes this year: the new Light Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery.

If you're thinking that beer name sounds familiar, it's because you're probably thinking of the infamous Bell's Two Hearted Ale, one of the best-known IPAs in the country.

With a 3.7% ABV, Light Hearted is the latest addition to the Bell’s "Hearted" family (Two Hearted is available year-round; Double Two Hearted will return in August). 

"We did not just set out to make a lighter version of Two Hearted. We wanted to brew the best tasting, low-cal IPA we could," said Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell's Brewery. "It all begins with quality ingredients. Balance, hoppiness and aroma are all there."

While Light Hearted may not share the exact ingredient list as Two Hearted (case in point: Bell’s flagship IPA is brewed with 100% Centennial hops, while their new lo-cal brew is not), it does share many of the defining characteristics that make Two Hearted what it is. 

“One thing we did not do, was take a shortcut; no corn and no rice. Our goal was to deliver the same quality you would expect from a Bell’s beer, but with a lower ABV and with less calories,” Bell said.

Light Hearted is brewed with Centennial and Galaxy hops with only 110 calories per 12 oz. serving. It cuts down on the things many beer drinkers don’t want, but keeps everything about Two Hearted they love.

Expect citrus and pine aromas from this easy-drinking ale, along with a fun, retro, "I'm going camping in the '70s and you're jealous" style can art that still nods to that fish head you know and love from the O.G. Bell's Two Hearted label (which, in and of itself, is a reference to the Two Hearted River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula). 

At Work For Your Beer, we're all about finding a healthy balance, rather than totally sacrificing the things you love. So, we love the concept of a low-cal, low-ABV craft beer like Bell's Light Hearted, which gives you a lower calorie count (helping you stick to your health and fitness goals) but still packs a punch in the taste department.

If we didn't look at the label, we honestly would have just thought it was a damn good, easy drinking IPA. 

Wanna try it for yourself? Light Hearted is now available in cans (12 oz. packaged in 6-packs) and on draft. Fans in Michigan will also be able to purchase 12-packs of 12 oz. cans later this month.