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Would You Prefer A Session Beer?

Most beers have an alcohol content ranging from 3% up to 12% (or more!) If you don’t like your beer strong, you might favor what’s called a session beer.

Session Beer: What is It?

Session beer is defined as any beer that contains an ABV no higher than 5 percent, has a balanced flavor of both hops and malt, as well as a typically clean finish. The combination of the low ABV, balanced flavor and clean finish is what makes the session beer highly drinkable.

Session Beer: What’s In A Name?

The session beer was designed to enable the beer drinker to enjoy a couple of beer within a ‘session,’ or specific time period without reaching extreme levels of intoxication. Hence, the beer only has low alcoholic content to prevent beer lovers from getting too drunk. If you want to enjoy as many beers as you want without getting inebriated, a session beer is your best bet.

Session Beer: The Origin

The origin of the session beer can be traced back to the Second World War. The ‘session’ in session beer was said to refer to one of the allowable drinking periods imposed on shell production workers in England. The drinking periods were between 11am to 3pm, and 7pm to 11pm. The shell workers found the session beer as essential, as it was the best alcoholic beverage they could drink to their heart’s content without becoming too drunk before returning to work. The session schedules were strictly followed until the introduction of the Liquor Licensing Act in 1988.

Session Beers Alike

Guinness is one of the world’s most famous beers. This Irish dry stout was an original creation in the brewery of Arthur Guinness in Dublin. Most beer drinkers may not know this, but the Guinness is an example of a session beer. The Irish brew only has 4.2 to 4.3% ABV. The English Pale Ale (3.2 to 3.8% ABV) is also a perfect example of a session beer.

Other examples of session beers include Austin Amber and Freestyle from Independence Brewing, as well as Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing.

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