Recommended Reading – Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance

Brewers Publications have released a new title called “Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance” by Jennifer Talley. Low alcohol and “session” beers have been around for a very long time but it’s only recently they became popular enough again to warrant their own category, namely Session IPA’s. Originally they were likely called session beers for the long sessions of drinking you could do in an English Pub of imbibing 4% cask ales and bitters without getting hammered. These days brewers try to make a session ale taste like a beer of higher alcohol but still fight an uphill battle with consumers that feel like a lower ABV beer should cost less or is less bang for their buck. Jennifer Taley explores this wide category of beers that can includ everything from stouts to lambics in her new paperback book, available now on or your local retailer.

Book description:

Sharing a beer or two with friends after work or play is one of life’s many joys. Session beers, whose mild strength invites more than one round, adhere to high quality standards and are dedicated to balance and drinkability above all.

Some naturally low-alcohol beer styles were “sessionable” long before that word was coined, but brewers have reinvented traditionally stronger classic beer styles to make them, too, well-suited to casual drinking sessions. Responsible consumption of these high-quality, easy-drinking beers gives beer lovers the freedom to celebrate community and friendship while consuming less alcohol.

Such beers can be challenging to brew, but they present many opportunities to showcase skill, flavor, and refreshment. Session Beers explores the history behind some of the world’s greatest session beers, past and present. Learn about the brewing processes and ingredients to master recipe development. Explore popular craft session beer recipes from some of the best brewmasters in America, and discover why beer drinkers enjoy exploring and drinking session beers.

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