With last year’s alcohol limit change to Ohio law, we are seeing more and more beers with high ABV percentages. Having one too many of these strong beers can have some headed straight to bed! Now more than ever, there is a need for a lighter and more all-day friendly beer, cue the “session beer.” You can continue to knock several of these back in one sitting.
In the U.K, a session beer was defined as a beer that was no more than 4 percent ABV. In the U.S, where “the more the merrier” is the general attitude, the ABV goes up to 5 percent for session beer. What is ABV you ask? ABV stands for “alcohol by volume”, which is essentially how much alcohol content is in any given beverage. The higher the ABV, the heavier the body of the beer, which can be detected through taste and mouthfeel. Though a session beer is lighter in ABV, that doesn’t translate to lighter in flavor. Sessionable beer can range from a crisp pale Cream Ale to a dark rich English Mild.
Indulge in all kinds of sessionable beers this weekend at the Summer Session Beer Fest. Lineage will have Weekend at Bernice’s our Margarita Berliner Weisse and Spacefruit Prelaunch, Grapefruit IPA (which is actually more exactly classified as a Shandy). Lineage always has a session beer or two on tap in the pub, keep an eye out this fall for one of our favorites that will make a come-back, Silver Medal winning, The Utah, English Mild.
For more on what makes beer sessionable, check out the full article by our friends at eReplacementParts.com.