Among beer drinkers, Vancouver – in fact, the entire Pacific Northwest – has earned a reputation for making incredible West Coast-style IPAs (i.e. India Pale Ales). These tend to be full-bodied beers, with a higher-than-average alcohol content and an unmistakable hoppiness.
But the thing is IPAs aren’t for everyone. The bitter taste of the hops turns off lots of drinkers. Not to mention that the beers can be so heavy – and so strong – that it can be hard to drink more than one or two at a time, especially in the summer heat.
The solution? Session beers. Facing an IPA backlash, Vancouver microbrewers have turned their attention this summer to producing a crisper, more drinkable style of beer. I’m not talking about anonymous light beers or the fruit-flavoured suds favoured by the university crowd. Session beers are rich and flavourful without being overly heavy. They’re crisp and balanced and – most importantly – you can drink more than one at a time because the alcohol content rarely exceeds five percent.
But I’ll let the pros at Beeradvocate.com describe: Continue reading:
The Session Beer Craze Hits Vancouver