You're probably looking at that post title and thinking, "Okay, I get that Jason Oliver is the founder/brewer at Devil's Backbone Brewing in Roseland, Virginia, the GABF 2012 Small Brewpub of the Year and World Beer Cup 2010 Small Brewpub Champion, and he's a hell of a guy, and he makes and loves great session beers...but why post about his dog?"
Thanks to Iron Hill brewer Larry Horwitz for the pic!
Well...That's Jason. And that's his dog. And the tiny little guy...is named Session. Which I thought was cool enough to warrant a post!
Yes, Session Beer Day2013 is on. We've got some interest already, and I'm going to confirm that Session Beer Day 2013 is on April 7, a Sunday. Sure, most of us have work the next day...but it's session beer, that's what this is about. So start planning: brewers,
think about new ways to get good flavor below 4.5% (other than throwing
in tons of hops...sheesh) and fun collaborative brews with other folks;
wholesalers, talk to your suppliers about the opportunities this means for the lower ABV end of their portfolios; importers, this is a perfect time to bring in those delicious low-ABV beers your brewers are making; bar owners/managers, let's see some planning and fun events for the session beers; homebrewers, let's talk competitions (and having some fun!); and drinkers...make suggestions on what you want to see, and do, and drink!
Remember: April 7 2013 is Session Beer Day, a day to celebrate great-tasting lower ABV beers! Go 4.5% and under, go 4.0% and under, but show some love.
Image copyright 2009 by Lew Bryson; all rights reserved
Flaunt your love for big glasses of small beer!
Get a sharp SBP shirt, or a "We Support!" sticker for your bar's door or mirror.
You've Got the Next Round
The Session Beer Project is a non-profit, unorganized, unofficial effort to popularize and support the brewing and enjoyment of session beers. You can read more about it here and here.
For our purposes, 'session beer' is defined as a beer that is:
► 4.5% alcohol by volume or less ► flavorful enough to be interesting ► balanced enough for multiple pints ► conducive to conversation ► reasonably priced
If that seems vague...it is. Here's another definition: low-alcohol, but not low-taste. It's subjective. Live with it, and enjoy it. We're here to help make your night out more fun, more tasty, and more safe. Cheers!
If you've got a year-round session beer, or a one-shot or seasonal that could go year-round, I'd be happy to review it and get the word out. Please e-mail me for shipping information (and be sure to send at least two bottles; the second one is very important in a session!)
All opinions expressed on this blog are strictly my own; they do not reflect those of the publications for which I work.
I've been a full-time drinks writer since 1996. Currently I'm managing editor of Whisky Advocate magazine, and working on a new book, "Tasting Whiskey." I am the author of four regional brewery guidebooks. Next time you see me at a bar or event or distillery, say hi.