With Vancouver gone craft beer crazy, we keep seeing “session” beers available at various tasting rooms and brewpubs around town. With the Session Cask Festival on Saturday, July 4, these brews get a showcase of their own.
A session beer is one that is brewed to be 5 per cent alcohol or less. In addition, flavour isn’t sacrificed in the malt to hop balance, which results in extremely drinkable beer that won’t put you under the table. In other words, you can drink plenty without overwhelming the palate in the same way, say, an afternoon of India Pale Ale would, or knocking out the senses of the imbiber, the way stronger beers might. These ales allow for repeated consumption over a long “session.”