Nevertheless, the GABF “session beer” category is defined as beers between 4-5.1% and we’ll stick to that for the sake of this post. Session beers should be equally balanced with high drinkability. They are meant for the consumer to enjoy multiple beers over a course of a “session” (a few hours perhaps) without becoming intoxicated or full. With the advent of Session Beer Day approaching on April 7th, hopefully this post will be a guide for your beer purchases. Even though the Session Beer Day was intended by its founder to be for beers at 4.5% and less, I thought it would be worthwhile to mention 12 Colorado beers (call them near-session if you will) worth buying that fall into that GABF 4-5.1% definition.
These are beers you can buy in stores. Soon we’ll also post a few session beers that will be on tap at your local pub brewery on April 7th.
Beer: Joe’s Pilsner
Notes: A nicely hopped pilsner with noble German hops.
Notes: Some banana, little clove and very refreshing. It has won three GABF medals.
Style: American pale ale
Notes: balanced light malt and citrus hops. A lighter version of the typical US pale ale.
Style: pale lager
Notes: A light slightly sweet malt with a good hop kick. This one comes in a four pack of 16 oz. cans.
Beer:Easy Street Wheat
Notes: American style wheat. It has some slight citrus notes.
Beer: Mexican Lager
Notes: Very light and refreshing beer with a nice Saaz hop bite.
Beer: Craft Lager
Notes:Light refreshing crisp and clean, this lager is made with snowmelt, Czech Saaz hops and lager yeast.