Twenty-Four Session

Despite the popularity of Double IPA’s and Imperial Stouts, there are a growing number of low ABV options available on our shelves. They are great for the hot summer months, after you mow the lawn, return from a bike ride, or anytime! They are super refreshing and, by definition, low enough alcohol that you can have have a few in one “session”.

Our team considers a beer to be sessionable if it is 5% abv or less. Some brewers, such as Chris Lohring (a self-professed “Session Beer Zealot” and owner of session-beers-only Notch Brewing) say that 4.5% is the “session” limit. We also only consider beers to be “session” beers if they are balanced in malt and hop profile, with a clean finish (not too bitter!).

Check out Notch Session Pils, or really any of their beers!

Session IPA or Low ABV Pale Ale?

There’s a legitimate debate about whether Session IPAs are really just hop forward Pale Ales, and no matter where you come down on that debate, there is no denying that Session IPAs are hitting (and leaving) our shelves with great frequency!

Here are some of our favorites:

Founders All Day IPA 4.7%

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Session IPA 4.6%

Lagunitas DayTime IPA 4.65%

Evil Twin Bikini Beer 2.7%

Firestone Walker Easy Jack 4.5%

New Belgium Day Blazer 4.8%

Lagers

Traditionally, lagers are already fairly low alcohol, making them great session beers. Check out our January 2018 post highlighting lagers for more info!

Here are some of our favorites:

Bell’s Lager of the Lakes 5%

Jack’s Abby Post Shift Lager 4.7%

Von Trapp Helles 4.9%

Steigl Lager 4.9%

Nightshift Night Lite 4.3%

Firestone Walker Lager 4.5%

Kölsch is technically a lagered ale (hybrid style), but is a lovely summer sessionable beer! Traditional Kölsch service, in Cologne, waiters will keep bringing more and more glasses until you say stop. Talk about session beers!

Have you tried the classic Früh, Sünner, or Reissdorf (All 4.8%)?

Radlers & Shandies

Pretty much interchangeable here in the US; Shandy was first known as Shandygaff, a blended beer beverage from England– while Radlers came on the scene after WWI, when cycling in Germany saw a boom in popularity (radler means cyclist in German).

Here are some of our favorites:

Jacks Abby Blood Orange Wheat 4.0%

Bitburger Lemon Radler 2.5%

Stiegl Lemon Radler 2%

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler (bottle & ban!) 2.5%

Schoffenhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen (bottle & can!) 2.5%

Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler 4.1%

…or make your own with any of the other session beers we have mixed with citrus soda!

Table Beers/ Belgian Single

Table beers are typically Belgian, low alcohol (around 3% abv), and full of flavor, yet light in body. Sometimes also called Belgian Single.

Here are some of our favorites:

Allagash Hoppy Table Beer 4.8%

Destihl Abbey’s Single 4.9%

Mystic Table Beer 4.3%

Chimay Dorée 4.8%

Blanche De Bruxelles 4.5%

Berliner Weisse & Gose

We covered these tart, low-alcohol beers just last month for our style of the month, so check out our post for more info and recommendations!

 

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