What is Session Head?
At NABC, we go from Gravity Head to Session Head in a mere six weeks … and with a 3.5% reduction (or even greater) in ABV. Learn how, now.
For the third “small” year, NABC is delighted to help raise session beer consciousness with Session Head. It begins on Sunday, April 6 at Bank Street Brewhouse (NABC session beers only) and commences at the Pizzeria & Public House on Monday, April 7 (the actual nationwide date of Session Beer Day, with NABC and also guest session-strength drafts).
At Session Head, we take a firmly minimalist approach – with all requisite puns intended. The idea is to nurture a tradition of ceremonially winding down our annual full-bore Gravity Head bacchanalia with session-strength beers. However, it’s a year-round idea whose time has come.
A leading exponent of session consciousness is beer writer Lew Bryson, who coincidentally was in town for 2012’s inaugural Session Head; Lew and Roger enjoyed pints of NABC Community Dark at Bank Street Brewhouse. Session beer and philosophy were dispensed, and we look forward to Lew’s return some day (experience hath shown that bourbon works passably as a lure).
Here are Lew’s thoughts on the guiding principles of session beer.
Lew Bryson’s “The Session Beer Project” exists for one reason: to promote the brewing, provision, and enjoyment of session beers. They are:
► under 4.5% alcohol by volume
► flavorful enough to be interesting
► balanced enough for multiple pints
► conducive to conversation
► reasonably priced
In brief, low-alcohol, but not low-taste. It’s deliberately vague. The great thing about session beers, especially the ones that come in under 3.5%, is that you can enjoy several beers, and still have a BAC of under 0.04. If you really like drinking beer, session is the way to go!
SBP was started in January of 2007 by beer writer Lew Bryson for two reasons. First, to spread the word about session beers so more people could enjoy them. Second, to better Lew’s chances of finding good session beers to drink.
Following are the beers being featured at NABC’s Session Head 2014. Please note that while NABC session beers will be tapped at both locations on the 6th and the 7th, guest beers will be available only at the Pizzeria & Public House on the 7th (until they’re gone).
NEW ALBANIAN BREWING COMPANY
Feastmaster (NABC/Bloomington Brewing collaboration)
80 Shilling Scottish Ale, 3.5%
NABC Beak’s Best … Bitter, 4.5% abv
NABC Community Dark … English Mild, 3.7% abv
NABC Houndmouth …. Hoppy American Wheat, 4.5% abv
NABC Tafel … Belgian Table/Session Ale, 4% abv
Apocalypse Brew Works … Single Hop APA (Citra), circa 4.5% abv
Bluegrass Brewing Company (St. Matthews) Session IPA, circa 4.5%
Country Boy Gose … Leipziger-style Gose, circa 4% abv
Founders All Day IPA … Session IPA, 4.7% abv*
Stone Levitation Ale … Amber Ale, 4.4% abv
* a nudge high, but we’ll live with it