SF, Come On IN! Session Beer Day at Magnolia w/Mavericks and 21st Amendment
Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery in San Francisco has been a friend of session beers for years, and I've enjoyed much less than my share (only because I don't get there anywhere near often enough, for which I blame the seductive call of the excellent beers at Toronado...) but always enjoyed the flavor and quality a lot. So it's no surprise that they're hosting a Session Beer Day event, a "half the taps takeover" with guest beers from 21st Amendment (whose Bitter American has done a lot to popularize the idea of session beer) and Mavericks, the new line of session beer fronted by Pete Slosberg, who -- with Pete's Wicked Ale -- did alot to popularize the idea of craft beer back in the 90s. Here's the story from Pete:
celebrate with us at Magnolia Brewpub, at 1398 Haight St, San
Francisco, this Sunday, and you can experience the true, wonderful,
delicious world of Session Beers. Session Beers from Magnolia,
Mavericks, and 21st Amendment will be taking over half the taps for the
day, starting at 10am until they are gone. We look forward to seeing you
There ARE other session beer events on the west coast (I'm pretty sure there are...), but this is going to be a good one, with solid supporters of the concept.
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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 write.
I've been a full-time drinks writer since 1996. My first whiskey book, "Tasting Whiskey," came out in October 2014. My new book, "Whiskey Master Class," just launched in February 2020. Next time you see me at a bar or event or distillery, say hi.