Saturday, May 29, 2010

Blowing 0.01: gotta love the sessions

I just went out for dinner in Philly; I'm on my own tonight. Went to Old Eagle Tavern; had an O'Reilly's Stout but didn't like the vibe in the place, too many Flyers fans carpet-f-bombing. Drove down the hill to Dawson Street, had two Victory Uncle Teddy's with a bowl of their always excellent vegetarian chili and a quesadilla. Felt fine: three beers in 90 minutes. Drove home, and got out the breathalyzer: I blew a 0.01.

I love drinking session beer.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Notch-ing up a Month

Chris Lohring's Notch Session beer brand has hit a month, and the initial supply of the first two beers in the experiment is running low. He's going to have two new beers out in mid/late-June, and more coming every five weeks. I think the idea is to do market research...but maybe he'll just keep messing around. In any case...I kinda wish I were drinking in Boston!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

DSSB II: Valley Brew London Tavern Ale

Ken Weaver's next Desperately Seeking session Beer installment is up.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Collaborative Session Beer effort

Brewers are getting together to brew beers all over the country (just read about another one on Facebook this morning); why not beer bloggers? With that lame intro (coffee's just not doing it this morning...), let me introduce Desperately Seeking Session Beer, a project that's been started by blogger Ken Weaver (of The HopPress) who, you'll recall, wrote the piece I discussed here. Here's how Ken explained it to me (edited from an e-mail):
I'm planning to introduce some shorter, recurrent (and biweekly) themes into the column that will allow me to get a bit of breathing room from the larger-scope topical pieces I tend to focus on. One of these added elements will be a "Session Beer Spotlight" column, with a focus on West Coast beers. This is a topic about which we both feel pretty strongly about, and it seems like there might be some way to coordinate the effort on my end. I'm not sure what exact form this would take, but I could imagine something along the lines of a clarifying statement at the top of each column stating something like, "The Session Beer Spotlight is an auxiliary project to Lew Bryson's The Session Beer Project, serving to highlight session beer offerings from the West Coast and beyond" 
Which sounded great to me, and I told Ken so. He and I did a little bit of detail discussion, and I'll be posting each one of them here, as long as he maintains his interest. Might even prod me to do more. Yay.

Here's the first one, on a session beer from what might seem an unlikely source: Russian River Aud Blonde. It's a great post, too: not just tasting notes, he talks to Vinnie Cilurzo about how and why he's doing lower-ABV beers, and the reasons and techniques are quite interesting.

Cheers, Ken! Thanks, and welcome aboard!