Monday, 1 September 2008

NYT on Session Beer

Leedy writes in with a story from The New York Times on the growing trend among craft brewers to produce more low alcohol, "sessionable" beer:
“We’ve all been saying the same thing for about 18 months now, which is, enough of the high octane.”

Mr. Feinberg imports boozy Trappist and farmhouse ales, but in April he introduced a brew from another Belgian tradition: bières de table.

“When I lived there in the late ’70s and early ’80s,” he said of his time in Belgium, “everybody drank it for lunch, from grandmothers to kids.”

His new import, Brasserie Dupont’s spicy, yeasty Avril, is all of 3.5 percent alcohol. By comparison, the brewery’s more famous farmhouse ale, Saison Dupont, is 6.5 percent.

As Lew Bryson says, low alcohol does not have to mean low flavor!

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