Raise your hand if you like to drink beer (go a head raise your hand, nobody is watching). I see you there… not raising your hand. You are a liar, and you like beer. For those of us who do have our hands up, keep them up if you like to wake up with a hangover… I no longer see any hands up… good, now I can make my point. Session beers.
Let me elaborate. A session beer is a beer that is less then 5% ABV. You may be writing me off right now because I am advocating for low ABV beers. Look, I like beer, not specifically because of the alcohol (Yes, that is a necessary part of beer), but I am more into beer for the flavor, and the craftsmanship. With session beers you can drink more, they are still packed with flavor, and my night won’t be over after 4 beers. I don’t know about you, but I like to be coherent when I am out with friends and drinking beer. Don’t get me wrong though, I am not say “no” to higher ABV beers, I am simply saying that I like to drink beer and lower ABV beers are easier to drink throughout a day/evening. The less alcohol in it, the less likely you will be hung over the next day (brought it back full circle).
Below are a few of my favorite session beers.
And Now, the Brews
|Epic Brewing | Tart ’n Juicy Sour IPA|
|Tart ’n Juicy was an 18 month venture for Epic. They were able to balance out the the tartness created by the Lactobacillus and Pediococcus (scientific names of bacteria that help create sour beers) that was turning the sugar into alcohol and the citrusy, juicy hops. Coming in at a whopping 4.5% this kettle sour if chalk full of tangerine, passion fruit and grapefruit. Such a great, unique beer perfect for those hot summer days.|
|6pk cans | 4.5% ABV
Serving: This sour will pair nicely with some aged Brie (Costco has big wheels for about $5), some actual grapefruit (squeeze a little in the beer), or some good ole fashioned skinny dipping.
|Founders Brewing Co. | All Day IPA|
|Coming in at a fantastic 4.7% this IPA isn’t lacking in aroma nor flavor! This beer is dank, piney, and with notes of bready malts. Drinking it, you know it’s an IPA. The lower alcohol really helps balance out the flavor, and makes for a smooth clean finish. One of my favorite things about this beer is that it comes in both cans and bottles. I prefer the cans personally, but to each their own.|
|15pk cans / 6pk btl | 4.7% ABV | 42 IBUs
Serving: Like any good IPA, this beer pairs well with Beer Cheese Soup (I recommend using the beer in the soup too, check out the recipe), it also pair well with yard work, yes yard work, get off your lazy butt!
|Weyerbacker | Tarte Nouveau|
|This beer, let alone the brewery, doesn’t get as much recognition as it deserves. Tarte Nouveau is a kettle sour aged with our pals, lactobacillus. This beer is refreshing and dry, like a nice white wine. Aromas of lemon and white grapes are very prevalent, with more lemon on the tongue paired with apple cider and a nice slight tartness.|
|6pk btl | 3.9% ABV | 7 IBUs
Serving: Much like a white wine this beer goes great with shrimp or Tilapia. I also like drinking this while I watch Game of Thrones, not sure why, I just do, don’t judge. Also, I have never seen an episode of Game of Throne.
|21st Amendment | Hell or High Watermelon|
|I first had this beer about three years ago, on accident. I thought I was grabbing something else, brought it up to the counter, realized my mistake and manned up and purchased it anyways. Right off the bat you smell the fresh watermelon that was added during the second fermentation. At first sip the watermelon is a little off putting, but with the second sip, and all of the sips after, it is refreshing. The watermelon, along with some other fruit flavors (lime & cherry) pair well with the slight toast flavor from the malts. This beer is simple and refreshing with a nice slightly dry finish.|
|6/12pk cans | 4.9% ABV | 12 IBUs
Serving: Pair this beer with a nice light spinach and strawberry salad with a poppy seed dressing (healthy things can taste good, you know), sea salted caramel ice cream, and a brand new pair of arm floaties because I can’t swim.