Aleheads believe in big hops, bold flavors, complex styles, and an orgiastic future that, beer-by-beer, recedes before us. But as it was amongst our Industrial Revolution laborer brethren of yore, at times we hear a siren call to sidle up and quaff a pint or six before trudging back to 3rd shift at the ‘ol mill. After all, a strict regiment of drugs and alcohol keeps Aleminds limber, and lunch is lunch, be it liquid or otherwise. Yet as we have come to realize, too much ABV in the AM has potential to elicit sidelong glares from Alebosses, Alewives, state troopers, and others who fail to grasp our irrepressible zest for life.
Thus, “Session Beers”, falling between 4% and 6% on the booze-o-meter, with accessible tastes just crying to be racked and downed comfortably in a sitting, freeing the mind to ponder the mysteries of our time, and in the end leaving us refreshed and much less the worse for wear. Take it from me, having chugged 12 goblets of Big Foot Barleywine prior to sitting for the Series 7’s, there is a place and time in the world for session beers, E.g. pre-gaming open-chest surgery, closing arguments of your intellectual property trial, operating a backhoe, or storming Waterfall Base on Valhalla. As a great mind once noted: sometimes “the difference is drinkability.”
So Brother Barley and Doc Rip decided to tackle the top 10 session beers in this very special episode of The Maltercation BeerCast. After all, if you’re determined to tie on a functional buzz, you may as well do so with taste and style. So listen to us drink beer on your computer! This was Al’s vision when he and Tommy Lee Jones invented the interwebs. That, and tentacle porn. Down in one, down in one, down in two!