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This month, as football season arrives, let’s take a look at some sessionable beers – thirst-quenching, low-alcohol options that are perfect for the last few hot days of the year, as well as the many tailgate parties and all-day football marathons coming up in the fall. (Bonus: all three are available in tailgate-friendly cans!)
Liquid Hero Extended Stay
If you’re an IPA fan, you’re all about hops. If you’re also not all about drinking 8 percent ABV beers all day long, the session IPA is your friend. Practically everybody makes one nowadays, but one of my local faves is Extended Stay from York’s Liquid Hero Brewing. Hopped with heavy-hitters like Simcoe and Nugget, it boasts lots of flavor and not so much booziness. It’s light and crisp, with a hint of spice – thanks to the addition of just a touch of rye to the malt.
Sly Fox Grisette
Maybe you’re more of a fan of Belgian beers. Not to worry – you have lighter options there, too. The grisette is a fairly obscure style that’s best described as a session saison. Phoenixville’s Sly Fox makes a great one – it’s much lighter in color than the average saison, but it packs plenty of tangy flavor into every sip. The light color is thanks to a mix of wheat and barley malts; the tangy taste is all citrusy hops.
Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
Speaking of citrusy, the radler – a German style mixing beer with fruit juice, much like the British shandy – is a summer standard that can serve as a great session choice well into the fall. Stiegl’s Grapefruit Radler, from Austria, was my go-to hot-weather beer this year, and I fully intend to keep drinking it as long as I can. It’s a blend of classic German lager and natural grapefruit juice – it’s cloudy, quenching and tart. And at a mere 2 percent ABV, you can truly drink this one all day.