Beer of the Week: The Notch Session Ale

Posted on May 10th, 2011

Notch American Session Ale 6 Pack

About the beer:

Craft beer is all about options. With the rise in popularity of higher alcohol craft beers some are turning their interests towards other options in the form of an up and coming category in the craft beer community – session beer. Awareness over the session style of brewing has risen over the last two years with many American breweries creating some tremendous crafted ales, all of which carrying significantly lower ABVs than the stereotypical craft ale.

The term “session” finds it’s origins in the UK and refers to the allowable drinking periods that were imposed on production workers during World War I. The licensed sessions were 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. Workers would find a beer that they could adequately quench their thirst with during these restrictive “sessions” that were imposed by the government without getting legally drunk.

With this groundswell of awareness and rich history to live up to, enter Notch Session Ale, an independently brewed ale which is the brain child of Notch brewer and founder Chris Lohring. In collaboration with his friends at Ipswich Ale Brewery of Ipswich, MA, Chris is brewing low-gravity American style session beers that pack immense amounts of robustness and flavor without heavy alcohol content.

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Beer of the Week: Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA

Posted on March 8th, 2011

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA

About the beer:

Released in early 2010, the Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA is a unique IPA brewed with a blend of hops from German, English, and American growing regions located close to the 48th latitude, widely considered the the “hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere. While the Sam Adams gang has tip-toed around the American IPA style, this new release by the brewery, who have previously only brewed one other now-discontinued IPA, jumps right into the conversation with a 6% ABV and hoppy authority. Originally available in the 2010 Sam Adams summer styles mix pack, the Latitude 48 IPA now comes in six pack and draft offerings where available.

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Beer of The Week: Uinta Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine Ale

Posted on January 4th, 2011

About the Beer: This beer comes from the unlikely location of Salt Lake City, Utah. The restrictive alcohol policies in Utah have does not make it easy for craft beer culture to flourish there. Despite this one Salt Lake City brewery is beginning to attract national attention for their bold beers.

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The Crafted Can – Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Ale

Posted on November 9th, 2010

The brewery is Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, California. The brewery is solar powered. The brews are made from all natural ingredients. The canned six pack uses an eco-friendly holder. The brewery itself was first housed in the basement of the The Buckhorn Saloon. The beer is Summer Solstice, and it is quite the surprise.

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The Crafted Can – Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Review

Posted on July 28th, 2010

When summer comes around, so do the fruit beers. What’s better than a crisp, refreshing fruity beer on a hot summer day? And what fruit just screams out its loyalty to summer more than a watermelon? I’m sure it was this kind of conclusive reasoning that brought 21 Amendment Brewery to create their Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer.

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