It’s easy to understand the appeal of the "session beer" concept — flavorful, interesting brews with a low enough alcohol content to allow you to drink several at a time and not regret it the next morning. (OK, maybe make that "several within reason," it is beer after all, and it can still give you a hangover.) Still, with more and more craft breweries adding sessionable beers to their roster — and really great ones, at that — it’s no wonder the trend is on the rise.
For those unfamiliar with the genre, session beers are those that clock in around 4- to 5-percent alcohol by volume — a relative drop in the barrel when compared to the many popular high-alcohol brews with ABVs that hang out in the teens. Also, generally speaking, the style of beers you’ll find in this category include pale ales, dry stouts, lagers, and nut brown ales (although, of course, the craft beer industry being the way it is, there are no hard-and-fast rules).
Now, if you ask any beer geek worth their malt when’s a good time to enjoy a good session beer session, chances are they’d respond with "anytime" or "right now." But if you want to get specific, Super Bowl Sunday is a good answer, too. So in honor of the big game coming up, we’ve come up with a list of 12 favorite session beers to try.