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10 Style-Spanning Session Beers

10 Style-Spanning Session Beers


Easy-drinking, low-alcohol brews that still pack a lot of flavor

Boozy brews aren’t the only ones with flavor: From toned-down IPAs to barrel-aged beauties, these low-ABV brews provide respite from barn-burning bottles.

Two Brothers Long Haul

Proving that barrel aging isn’t just for big beers, Two Brothers steeps its 4.2%-ABV ale in French foudres for at least four weeks, lending a light oakiness to this crisp brew.

North Peak Wanderer Session India Pale Ale

The name says it all: This IPA-turned-session-beer packs pine and citrus flavors from four different hops, and boasts a slight 4.2% ABV.

Two Beers Trailhead India Style Session Ale

This Seattle brewery kept its punchy regional hop flavors, but swapped the ubiquitous bomber and alcohol warmth for 12-ounce cans and a light 4.8% ABV.

Notch Session Pils

This session-only brewery in Boston crafts two styles, but we especially like the bready malts, hop bite and 4.0% ABV of its Czech-style pilsner.

Flying Dog-The Brewer’s Art Table for Two

Two Maryland brewing powerhouses teamed up this summer for this quiet collaboration, a fruity, 5%-ABV Belgian-style blond brewed with wildflower honey.


10 Great Summer Session Beers to Keep in Your Cooler

Perhaps it’s the ample sunlight or the torrid temperatures, but there’s something about summer that makes us want to drink beer. Lots of beer. It’s both a thirst-quencher and an accompaniment to endless good times, from afternoons at the beach to baseball games and backyard BBQs. While we dearly love our crafty double IPAs and imperial stouts, such brawny beers are ill-suited to marathons of imbibing.

The lightly boozy solution once meant flavor-deprived lagers like Coors Light and Miller Lite. But nowadays, brewers are proving that low-alcohol beers need not be low in taste. Welcome to the flavorful world of session beers, so-called because you can enjoy several in a drinking session without, you know, sliding off a barstool.

So what is a session beer? That’s up for debate. As a descriptor, session is a catchall phrase that applies to a far-reaching array of styles, from Founders’ bright, citrusy All Day IPA and Drake's hopped-up Alpha Session IPA to the twangy Bell’s Oarsman and Brasserie Dupont’s farmhouse-style Avril.

In the United States, the Brewers Association guidelines state that session beers should sit between 4 and 5.1 percent alcohol by volume—for example, Budweiser is 5 percent. On the other hand, the Philadelphia-based Session Beer Project advocates that they be “4.5 percent alcohol by volume or less, flavorful enough to be interesting, balanced enough for multiple pints, conducive to conversation, and reasonably priced.”

No matter the number, know this: Like Lay’s potato chips, we bet you can’t drink just one of these sublime session beers. Here are 10 of our favorite to sip all summer long.


10 Great Summer Session Beers to Keep in Your Cooler

Perhaps it’s the ample sunlight or the torrid temperatures, but there’s something about summer that makes us want to drink beer. Lots of beer. It’s both a thirst-quencher and an accompaniment to endless good times, from afternoons at the beach to baseball games and backyard BBQs. While we dearly love our crafty double IPAs and imperial stouts, such brawny beers are ill-suited to marathons of imbibing.

The lightly boozy solution once meant flavor-deprived lagers like Coors Light and Miller Lite. But nowadays, brewers are proving that low-alcohol beers need not be low in taste. Welcome to the flavorful world of session beers, so-called because you can enjoy several in a drinking session without, you know, sliding off a barstool.

So what is a session beer? That’s up for debate. As a descriptor, session is a catchall phrase that applies to a far-reaching array of styles, from Founders’ bright, citrusy All Day IPA and Drake's hopped-up Alpha Session IPA to the twangy Bell’s Oarsman and Brasserie Dupont’s farmhouse-style Avril.

In the United States, the Brewers Association guidelines state that session beers should sit between 4 and 5.1 percent alcohol by volume—for example, Budweiser is 5 percent. On the other hand, the Philadelphia-based Session Beer Project advocates that they be “4.5 percent alcohol by volume or less, flavorful enough to be interesting, balanced enough for multiple pints, conducive to conversation, and reasonably priced.”

No matter the number, know this: Like Lay’s potato chips, we bet you can’t drink just one of these sublime session beers. Here are 10 of our favorite to sip all summer long.


10 Great Summer Session Beers to Keep in Your Cooler

Perhaps it’s the ample sunlight or the torrid temperatures, but there’s something about summer that makes us want to drink beer. Lots of beer. It’s both a thirst-quencher and an accompaniment to endless good times, from afternoons at the beach to baseball games and backyard BBQs. While we dearly love our crafty double IPAs and imperial stouts, such brawny beers are ill-suited to marathons of imbibing.

The lightly boozy solution once meant flavor-deprived lagers like Coors Light and Miller Lite. But nowadays, brewers are proving that low-alcohol beers need not be low in taste. Welcome to the flavorful world of session beers, so-called because you can enjoy several in a drinking session without, you know, sliding off a barstool.

So what is a session beer? That’s up for debate. As a descriptor, session is a catchall phrase that applies to a far-reaching array of styles, from Founders’ bright, citrusy All Day IPA and Drake's hopped-up Alpha Session IPA to the twangy Bell’s Oarsman and Brasserie Dupont’s farmhouse-style Avril.

In the United States, the Brewers Association guidelines state that session beers should sit between 4 and 5.1 percent alcohol by volume—for example, Budweiser is 5 percent. On the other hand, the Philadelphia-based Session Beer Project advocates that they be “4.5 percent alcohol by volume or less, flavorful enough to be interesting, balanced enough for multiple pints, conducive to conversation, and reasonably priced.”

No matter the number, know this: Like Lay’s potato chips, we bet you can’t drink just one of these sublime session beers. Here are 10 of our favorite to sip all summer long.


10 Great Summer Session Beers to Keep in Your Cooler

Perhaps it’s the ample sunlight or the torrid temperatures, but there’s something about summer that makes us want to drink beer. Lots of beer. It’s both a thirst-quencher and an accompaniment to endless good times, from afternoons at the beach to baseball games and backyard BBQs. While we dearly love our crafty double IPAs and imperial stouts, such brawny beers are ill-suited to marathons of imbibing.

The lightly boozy solution once meant flavor-deprived lagers like Coors Light and Miller Lite. But nowadays, brewers are proving that low-alcohol beers need not be low in taste. Welcome to the flavorful world of session beers, so-called because you can enjoy several in a drinking session without, you know, sliding off a barstool.

So what is a session beer? That’s up for debate. As a descriptor, session is a catchall phrase that applies to a far-reaching array of styles, from Founders’ bright, citrusy All Day IPA and Drake's hopped-up Alpha Session IPA to the twangy Bell’s Oarsman and Brasserie Dupont’s farmhouse-style Avril.

In the United States, the Brewers Association guidelines state that session beers should sit between 4 and 5.1 percent alcohol by volume—for example, Budweiser is 5 percent. On the other hand, the Philadelphia-based Session Beer Project advocates that they be “4.5 percent alcohol by volume or less, flavorful enough to be interesting, balanced enough for multiple pints, conducive to conversation, and reasonably priced.”

No matter the number, know this: Like Lay’s potato chips, we bet you can’t drink just one of these sublime session beers. Here are 10 of our favorite to sip all summer long.


10 Great Summer Session Beers to Keep in Your Cooler

Perhaps it’s the ample sunlight or the torrid temperatures, but there’s something about summer that makes us want to drink beer. Lots of beer. It’s both a thirst-quencher and an accompaniment to endless good times, from afternoons at the beach to baseball games and backyard BBQs. While we dearly love our crafty double IPAs and imperial stouts, such brawny beers are ill-suited to marathons of imbibing.

The lightly boozy solution once meant flavor-deprived lagers like Coors Light and Miller Lite. But nowadays, brewers are proving that low-alcohol beers need not be low in taste. Welcome to the flavorful world of session beers, so-called because you can enjoy several in a drinking session without, you know, sliding off a barstool.

So what is a session beer? That’s up for debate. As a descriptor, session is a catchall phrase that applies to a far-reaching array of styles, from Founders’ bright, citrusy All Day IPA and Drake's hopped-up Alpha Session IPA to the twangy Bell’s Oarsman and Brasserie Dupont’s farmhouse-style Avril.

In the United States, the Brewers Association guidelines state that session beers should sit between 4 and 5.1 percent alcohol by volume—for example, Budweiser is 5 percent. On the other hand, the Philadelphia-based Session Beer Project advocates that they be “4.5 percent alcohol by volume or less, flavorful enough to be interesting, balanced enough for multiple pints, conducive to conversation, and reasonably priced.”

No matter the number, know this: Like Lay’s potato chips, we bet you can’t drink just one of these sublime session beers. Here are 10 of our favorite to sip all summer long.


10 Great Summer Session Beers to Keep in Your Cooler

Perhaps it’s the ample sunlight or the torrid temperatures, but there’s something about summer that makes us want to drink beer. Lots of beer. It’s both a thirst-quencher and an accompaniment to endless good times, from afternoons at the beach to baseball games and backyard BBQs. While we dearly love our crafty double IPAs and imperial stouts, such brawny beers are ill-suited to marathons of imbibing.

The lightly boozy solution once meant flavor-deprived lagers like Coors Light and Miller Lite. But nowadays, brewers are proving that low-alcohol beers need not be low in taste. Welcome to the flavorful world of session beers, so-called because you can enjoy several in a drinking session without, you know, sliding off a barstool.

So what is a session beer? That’s up for debate. As a descriptor, session is a catchall phrase that applies to a far-reaching array of styles, from Founders’ bright, citrusy All Day IPA and Drake's hopped-up Alpha Session IPA to the twangy Bell’s Oarsman and Brasserie Dupont’s farmhouse-style Avril.

In the United States, the Brewers Association guidelines state that session beers should sit between 4 and 5.1 percent alcohol by volume—for example, Budweiser is 5 percent. On the other hand, the Philadelphia-based Session Beer Project advocates that they be “4.5 percent alcohol by volume or less, flavorful enough to be interesting, balanced enough for multiple pints, conducive to conversation, and reasonably priced.”

No matter the number, know this: Like Lay’s potato chips, we bet you can’t drink just one of these sublime session beers. Here are 10 of our favorite to sip all summer long.


10 Great Summer Session Beers to Keep in Your Cooler

Perhaps it’s the ample sunlight or the torrid temperatures, but there’s something about summer that makes us want to drink beer. Lots of beer. It’s both a thirst-quencher and an accompaniment to endless good times, from afternoons at the beach to baseball games and backyard BBQs. While we dearly love our crafty double IPAs and imperial stouts, such brawny beers are ill-suited to marathons of imbibing.

The lightly boozy solution once meant flavor-deprived lagers like Coors Light and Miller Lite. But nowadays, brewers are proving that low-alcohol beers need not be low in taste. Welcome to the flavorful world of session beers, so-called because you can enjoy several in a drinking session without, you know, sliding off a barstool.

So what is a session beer? That’s up for debate. As a descriptor, session is a catchall phrase that applies to a far-reaching array of styles, from Founders’ bright, citrusy All Day IPA and Drake's hopped-up Alpha Session IPA to the twangy Bell’s Oarsman and Brasserie Dupont’s farmhouse-style Avril.

In the United States, the Brewers Association guidelines state that session beers should sit between 4 and 5.1 percent alcohol by volume—for example, Budweiser is 5 percent. On the other hand, the Philadelphia-based Session Beer Project advocates that they be “4.5 percent alcohol by volume or less, flavorful enough to be interesting, balanced enough for multiple pints, conducive to conversation, and reasonably priced.”

No matter the number, know this: Like Lay’s potato chips, we bet you can’t drink just one of these sublime session beers. Here are 10 of our favorite to sip all summer long.


10 Great Summer Session Beers to Keep in Your Cooler

Perhaps it’s the ample sunlight or the torrid temperatures, but there’s something about summer that makes us want to drink beer. Lots of beer. It’s both a thirst-quencher and an accompaniment to endless good times, from afternoons at the beach to baseball games and backyard BBQs. While we dearly love our crafty double IPAs and imperial stouts, such brawny beers are ill-suited to marathons of imbibing.

The lightly boozy solution once meant flavor-deprived lagers like Coors Light and Miller Lite. But nowadays, brewers are proving that low-alcohol beers need not be low in taste. Welcome to the flavorful world of session beers, so-called because you can enjoy several in a drinking session without, you know, sliding off a barstool.

So what is a session beer? That’s up for debate. As a descriptor, session is a catchall phrase that applies to a far-reaching array of styles, from Founders’ bright, citrusy All Day IPA and Drake's hopped-up Alpha Session IPA to the twangy Bell’s Oarsman and Brasserie Dupont’s farmhouse-style Avril.

In the United States, the Brewers Association guidelines state that session beers should sit between 4 and 5.1 percent alcohol by volume—for example, Budweiser is 5 percent. On the other hand, the Philadelphia-based Session Beer Project advocates that they be “4.5 percent alcohol by volume or less, flavorful enough to be interesting, balanced enough for multiple pints, conducive to conversation, and reasonably priced.”

No matter the number, know this: Like Lay’s potato chips, we bet you can’t drink just one of these sublime session beers. Here are 10 of our favorite to sip all summer long.


10 Great Summer Session Beers to Keep in Your Cooler

Perhaps it’s the ample sunlight or the torrid temperatures, but there’s something about summer that makes us want to drink beer. Lots of beer. It’s both a thirst-quencher and an accompaniment to endless good times, from afternoons at the beach to baseball games and backyard BBQs. While we dearly love our crafty double IPAs and imperial stouts, such brawny beers are ill-suited to marathons of imbibing.

The lightly boozy solution once meant flavor-deprived lagers like Coors Light and Miller Lite. But nowadays, brewers are proving that low-alcohol beers need not be low in taste. Welcome to the flavorful world of session beers, so-called because you can enjoy several in a drinking session without, you know, sliding off a barstool.

So what is a session beer? That’s up for debate. As a descriptor, session is a catchall phrase that applies to a far-reaching array of styles, from Founders’ bright, citrusy All Day IPA and Drake's hopped-up Alpha Session IPA to the twangy Bell’s Oarsman and Brasserie Dupont’s farmhouse-style Avril.

In the United States, the Brewers Association guidelines state that session beers should sit between 4 and 5.1 percent alcohol by volume—for example, Budweiser is 5 percent. On the other hand, the Philadelphia-based Session Beer Project advocates that they be “4.5 percent alcohol by volume or less, flavorful enough to be interesting, balanced enough for multiple pints, conducive to conversation, and reasonably priced.”

No matter the number, know this: Like Lay’s potato chips, we bet you can’t drink just one of these sublime session beers. Here are 10 of our favorite to sip all summer long.


10 Great Summer Session Beers to Keep in Your Cooler

Perhaps it’s the ample sunlight or the torrid temperatures, but there’s something about summer that makes us want to drink beer. Lots of beer. It’s both a thirst-quencher and an accompaniment to endless good times, from afternoons at the beach to baseball games and backyard BBQs. While we dearly love our crafty double IPAs and imperial stouts, such brawny beers are ill-suited to marathons of imbibing.

The lightly boozy solution once meant flavor-deprived lagers like Coors Light and Miller Lite. But nowadays, brewers are proving that low-alcohol beers need not be low in taste. Welcome to the flavorful world of session beers, so-called because you can enjoy several in a drinking session without, you know, sliding off a barstool.

So what is a session beer? That’s up for debate. As a descriptor, session is a catchall phrase that applies to a far-reaching array of styles, from Founders’ bright, citrusy All Day IPA and Drake's hopped-up Alpha Session IPA to the twangy Bell’s Oarsman and Brasserie Dupont’s farmhouse-style Avril.

In the United States, the Brewers Association guidelines state that session beers should sit between 4 and 5.1 percent alcohol by volume—for example, Budweiser is 5 percent. On the other hand, the Philadelphia-based Session Beer Project advocates that they be “4.5 percent alcohol by volume or less, flavorful enough to be interesting, balanced enough for multiple pints, conducive to conversation, and reasonably priced.”

No matter the number, know this: Like Lay’s potato chips, we bet you can’t drink just one of these sublime session beers. Here are 10 of our favorite to sip all summer long.


Watch the video: Beer Styles: Session Beers