07 May 2010 @ 9:18 PM 
 

Announcing Session #40

 

The Session, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday, is an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic. Each month, a different beer blogger hosts the Session, chooses a topic and creates a round-up listing all of the participants, along with a short pithy critique of each entry.

I am the host of June’s Session, Session #40. Because it is one of my absolute favorite topics, and because it seems appropriate for both the forum and the time of year, I give you this topic:

Session Beer

There are a thousand ways to approach this.

What is your definition of a session beer? Is it, as Dr. Lewis suggested at the Craft Brewers Conference this year, “a pint of British wallop” or is your idea of a session beer a crisp Eastern European lager, a light smoky porter, a dry witbier, or even a dry Flemish sour?

Is it merely enough for a beer to be low alcohol to be considered a session beer, or is there some other ineffable quality that a beer must hold in order to merit the term? And if so, what is that quality? Is it “drinkability”? Or something else?

What about the place of session beer in the craft beer industry? Does session beer risk being washed away in the deluge of extreme beers, special releases, and country-wide collaborations? Or is it the future of the industry, the inevitable palate-saving backlash against a shelf full of Imperial Imperials?

What are some of your favorite session beers? When and where do you drink them? If you’d like, drink one and review it.

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Posted By: erik
Last Edit: 07 May 2010 @ 09 18 PM

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  1. […] the RSS feed for updates on this topic. Our big 40th Session will be hosted by Erik Lars Myers from Top Fermented. He’s chosen a topic near and dear to Lew Bryson’s heart — as wll as many other beer […]

  2. […] big 40th Session will be hosted by Erik Lars Myers from Top Fermented. He’s chosen a topic near and dear to Lew Bryson’s heart — as wll as many other beer […]

  3. Great topic gents, look forward to this Session and will help spread the word. http://www.notchsession.com/

  4. […] Rubio has recapped The Session #39: Collaboration, and Erik Myers has issued marching orders for #40 on June 4: Session Beer. There are a thousand ways to approach […]

  5. Looks like a great topic. Will definitely take part this month.

  6. […] are obsessed with the concept of “session beer.” The traditional definition of the session beer is one low in alcohol. By being low in alcohol, i.e., […]

  7. […] the full details HERE of this month’s topic: Session […]

  8. Mine will be up and running at 8:30 AM PT on Friday

    • Nitai says:

      I agree that it would probably be best if the quseoitn are you ok with the rules’ wasnt asked, and I also agree that an option would be to explain that this is one of the ground rules that helps make AL so effective. It may be though, that the individual is still disgruntled and this is a very good opportunity to deal with this. If this is the case and its clear it needs to be dealt with, an option would be, after explaining the benefits of the quseoitning style, to ask the group what do people think the benefits of an enquiring style might be for this group . Saan

  9. Devoid says:

    My session #40 is up.
    Thank you for hosting.

    Cheers,

    John, (devoid)

  10. […] month’s Session topic (hosted by Top Fermented) is “Session […]

  11. […] last month’s issue (#39). I have posted it on the Notch Blog to participate in Beer Blogging Friday, as this month’s topic is, of course, Session Beer. Be sure to check out all of the unique […]

  12. Jason says:

    Here’s my post, Thanks for Hosting

    JayZeis
    A Beer In Hand is Worth Two in the Fridge!
    http://abeerinhand.blogspot.com/2010/06/session-for-session-40.html

  13. Lew Bryson says:

    Mine’s up. Thanks for the topic!

  14. Sean Inman says:

    Here is my contribution. Now it’s time for a beer!
    http://www.beersearchparty.com/?p=3486

  15. Thanks for offering, next time you’re in D.C. drop me a line! Prost!

    -Mike

    http://beermadeclear.blogspot.com/2010/06/session-40-session-beer.html

  16. Jon says:

    Hi, thanks for hosting this month—great topic pick, one I’m surprised didn’t get picked before! My post for the Brew Site is here.

    – Jon

  17. […] topic for the 40th gathering of The Session is Session Beer. Host Erik Myers has offered plenty of options in announcing the theme, but this is a subject that screams for […]

  18. […] perhaps the best choice for drinking during a drinking session. Our host, Erik Lars Myers from Top Fermented has chosen a topic near and dear to Lew Bryson’s heart — as well as many other beer lovers […]

  19. […] perhaps the best choice for drinking during a drinking session. Our host, Erik Lars Myers from Top Fermented has chosen a topic near and dear to Lew Bryson’s heart — as well as many other beer lovers […]

  20. J says:

    Erik,

    Here’s my admittedly late entry, been in DC for SAVOR and just didn’t get it finished on Friday. Thanks again for hosting.

    http://brookstonbeerbulletin.com/session-40-session-beers/

    J

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