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Session beer suggestions for today (Austin, TX area)

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by forty2kman, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. kemoarps

    kemoarps Advocate (700) Washington Apr 30, 2008 Verified

    I'mma go ahead and support the suggestion of Bombshell Blonde: don't remember the exact ABV, but great sessionable warm weather brew. Red Chair if you can get it has been my go to for the last couple of months, but I don't remember if you can get that in ATX

    Drink'in the Sunbelt was good, but I don't know if you can really call 750ml JK stuff truly a SESSION beer. Just go to Whip-In and talk to the folks there
     
  2. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    Sessionable for your liver, not so much your wallet.

    Delicious brew though! Cheers
     
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  3. MaxOhle

    MaxOhle Savant (400) Illinois Nov 10, 2012 Subscriber

    Bells Oberon!
     
  4. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Advocate (720) California Dec 11, 2006 Verified

    Very true on all levels.
     
  5. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Savant (430) Illinois Apr 7, 2011 Verified

    I don't get how a 6% beer can be sessionable for anyone. It's not about what the alcohol does to the body, but what it does to the beer. When a beer is 6%, it is going to carry with it a certain feel, and inherently more bold taste, which to me makes it clearly un-sessionable to me. When a beer has a certain level of taste and mouth-feel, I simply feel like I am cheating the beer if I drink it quickly, and thus I drink it slowly and the beer becomes un-sessionable.

    That said, certain PA's and IPA's seem to be exceptions to the rule for me, as they are just so refreshing, so I do drink them faster. A great example being Flower Power.
     
  6. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    FFF Jinx Proof. Clocks in at 5.1% I think.
     
  7. Nofear048

    Nofear048 Savant (285) Illinois Sep 5, 2010 Verified

  8. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Champion (860) California Oct 24, 2009 Verified

    A recent new one I tried that I enjoyed is Prairie Artisan Ales Standard Ale (5%).
     
  9. ESeab

    ESeab Advocate (515) New Jersey Jan 3, 2013

    21st Amendment Bitter American
     
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  10. LouDogg114

    LouDogg114 Savant (295) Georgia Jan 1, 2012

    Founders All Day IPA and Goose Island Honkers are great session brews!
     
  11. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Advocate (645) Massachusetts Dec 4, 2004 Verified

    I'm getting better at "sessioning" these days. Yesterday at the bar(s) went like this.

    Victory Uncle Teddy's Bitter (3.9%)

    Mystic Saffron (4.5%)

    Mayflower Golden Ale (4.2%)

    Victory Donnybrook Stout (3.7%)

    Banner American Ale (3.4%)
     
  12. StArnoldFan

    StArnoldFan Champion (755) Texas Dec 28, 2012 Verified

    Although it clocks in slightly above the 4.5% i consider ABW Peacemaker a session, and being that you're in Austin you should already know about that one.
     
  13. forty2kman

    forty2kman Aspirant (45) Texas Mar 20, 2013

    Thanks again to all for the serious replys. Had to look up what was meant by "untapped". Cool thing. To those pric*s I say pull your head out and don't assume you know WTF you're typing about. Lose the keyboard cahones assh*les!!
     
  14. Chuk_Hell

    Chuk_Hell Savant (280) Texas Apr 12, 2012

    Hops and Grain "The one they call ZOE"
     
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  15. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Reading this thread it's abundantly clear that some of you guys don't have a goddamn clue what's "widely available in Austin". Bells? FFF? New Glarus? Evil Twin?! Are you guys nuts!? Even Founders isn't quite here yet and isn't going to be available in packages till May/June.

    My suggestion is any of the canned Hops & Grain beers (Alteration, Pale Dog, Zoe). All great sessionable beers.
     
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  16. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (495) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    Come on Lutter. Maybe they have friends in low places who can beam them to certian beer stores all over the nation like President Skroob was beamed by Snotty. :D
     
  17. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    "Why didn't anyone tell me my ass was so big?!"

    Seriously though. If we had New Glarus I'd probably have my fridge filled with Moon Man. As of now, it's a rare treat.
     
  18. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (495) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    The only New Glarus I've had was the Belgian Red and damn it was delicious!
     
  19. corbey

    corbey Aficionado (170) Texas Oct 22, 2006

    Cain's Best Bitter, 4%, and Cain's Dark Mild, 3.9%. Available in cans in Texas.
     
  20. champ103

    champ103 Champion (920) Texas Sep 3, 2007

    A little late to this. Live Oak Hefe, Pilz, and Scwarzbier. All excellent, low abv offerings. Also check out Pint House Pizza and get their Calma Muerta.

    Oh an since most people have suggested something completely unattainable in Austin...

    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/748/20262/?ba=champ103, on cask at Prince of Wales in Aberdeen.:rolleyes:
     
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  21. mrkmrk

    mrkmrk Savant (255) Texas Jun 25, 2011

    Totally late here, but to anybody curious: 5.2 is a bit higher than the requested 4.5, but if you're in Austin, there is absolutely no excuse not to gorge yourself on Live Oak Hef. That beer was rated best beer in the southwest for a damned good reason. I could drink that stuff all day.

    (Granted, some people are saying that 5.2 is too high to be sessionable. Maybe it is, but it doesn't seem to be for me. On the alcohol front, I'm a 6'2 255lb bear, and on the flavor front, Live Oak Hef stays consistently good and refreshing without becoming too overbearing. IME.)
     
  22. champ103

    champ103 Champion (920) Texas Sep 3, 2007

    Did Live Oak recently up the ABV in the Hefe? I remember it use to be a lot lower. Like the 4.7 range, though I could be wrong?
     
  23. mrkmrk

    mrkmrk Savant (255) Texas Jun 25, 2011

    Looks like it was 5.2% at least as far back as July 2011. Couldn't say before that, though.
     
  24. Nutwood

    Nutwood Savant (405) Kentucky Jun 30, 2012

  25. corbey

    corbey Aficionado (170) Texas Oct 22, 2006

    Deep Ellum Rye Pilz, 4.8%. I think I've seen it around Austin.