Well, probably one way to look at a session beer is to think of it in terms of alcohol content. Typically under 5%. That’s why we recommend it to enjoy with a long-lasting cigar. You can smoke and have a couple of session beers without falling off the stool.
One myth is that back during the First World War folks who made armament in the U.K. were allowed only two periods a day to toss some back. These sessions were between 7-to-11 each night and 11-to-3 during the sunshine. Supposedly this went on until the late 80’s. Then the Liquor Licensing Act kicked-in. But during that 8-decade period, enjoying the session, the Brits didn’t want to get too loaded. That’s why the beer was weak.
Most beers in God’s green, brown or clear bottles average-out to nearly 6%. Session beers bubble-in at 5%. That simple 1% increase is what makes most people feel the friendly wrath of Bacchus or Beercus. Of course, if you’re 6-foot-9-inches tall and weigh 110-pounds, you’ll probably get fudged-up if you drink apple juice. Scientists though think that 5% is the Goldilocks ABV. They consider that folks usually have 3 or 4 bottles over a 4-hour period (unless you’re a lush).
With a handful of Beer Nuts every time a new one is served, pretty sure bet you’ll be able to drive home without getting tapped by Larry Law. And session beers are meant to be part of the socialization process. Becoming hammered with friends, getting into fights, projectile hurling all-over the ceiling and swearing like a mother should best be relegated for Friday or Saturday nights, preferably at a pub near public transportation. Note: Leave your gun at home in a safe, locked place and give the key to Gramma.
Session beers may be 98-pound weaklings, but they do come with a punch of flavor. No need to think that once you call the meetings to order you’re tippling with Tinkerbelle.
CH would like to thank Stan at Beertaps.com for the post!Shaken, Not Stirred: What is a “Session Beer?” by David Sabot