10 "Session" Beers to Drink on Super Bowl Sunday

Beer expert Samuel Merritt's picks for brews to enjoy during the big game.

The Super Bowl is at least a four-hour event which calls for a "session" beer. Session beers are defined by the amount of time you can spend drinking them and are beers that are moderate in strength. The following is a list of 10 sessionable beers that will do quite well on Super Bowl Sunday.


1. Miller High Life: A simple American standard lager.

2. Reissdorf Kölsch: A delicate, high-end hybrid from Cologne, Germany.

3. Blue Point Toasted Lager: Toasty and quenching but so drinkable. 

4. Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager: More hoppy and a bit sweeter than the Blue Point Toasted Lager.

5. Palm Belgian Pale Ale: A simple, straightforward Belgian session ale. 

6. Allagash White Ale: Light, quenching, and super sessionable. 

7. Radeberger Pilsner: Dry, crisp, and classically golden. 

8. Guinness Dry Stout: 125 calories for a 12-ounce can that is 4.2% alcohol by volume while still full-flavored.

9. Victory Prima Pils: Snappy, hoppy, and All-American from Pennsylvania.

10. Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale: Smooth and round with very approachable roast and fruit. 

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I understand the benefits and sumptuousness of a session beer on a warm summer day. While tailgating at any sporting or concert event would be the perfect time for a session. Sitting at home solo or with a buddy or two, grab a session brew or six. When it come to the Super Bowl, the big game, I tend to shy away from the session. The Super Bowl is based around food and the beer you drink should be paired with the food on the table. Plus, it is the big game, lots of people, usually at someone's house, do you really want to be guzzling a session and waiting in line for the bathroom while the last game for months on end is flying by one the TV?

Although, I do think that and chilly day is perfect for a vat of Guinness!!!

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