Friday, May 11, 2007

SBP: Philadelphia City Paper embraces Session Beer

Philly City Paper ran another good beer piece yesterday: "Basic Training: Local writers and companies lead the retrograded session beer movement."

The piece, by Tim Hyland, quotes General Lafayette owner/brewer Chris Leonard, Tröegs co-founder Chris Trogner, Victory co-founder Bill Covaleski, and myself. A very positive piece on the session beer idea: thanks, CP and Tim.

5 comments:

Steven said...

"Still, the fact that Bryson and others are even discussing session brews marks a significant change"

Is it a change, or are we session lovers just speaking a little louder, and louder?

As I've said previously, I've been aware of good Mild since '97 or so. They've just been few and far between.

Great article though, wonder if it will get any highlight at BA?

Lew Bryson said...

"Is it a change, or are we session lovers just speaking a little louder, and louder?"

I'd think that was the change. The next change would be to see them get more popular, both with brewers and drinkers.

Loren said...

Tried to convince Chris to bring Lafayette's Escape to the Kennett Fest last year but it didn't last long enough to be at the Fest. Maybe this year, if he brews it again?

Keep yelling Lew. It's slowly working.

roan22 said...

"...The next change would be to see them get more popular, both with brewers and drinkers..."

Its worked for me. I see it as a challenge, to find as many tasty, local session ales and hoppy pilsners as possible.

Although I do love alot of beers in the low 6% range (man, I just scored two cans of Surly Furious in a beer trade, and it could be the most perfect IPA ever , but its 6.2%), and even a few at 7% (Hedonism, Green Flash IPA and all of the Brians IPAs-McConnell and O'Reilly)

Dan said...

I am very much on board with this notion. Having been born and raised for 33 years within arms' reach of the Fertile Crescent, I was spoiled rotten with the world's finest beers, regardless of ABV. However, after moving to South Carolina, and recently working my tail off to help get the cap popped on our beer laws, now the only brews getting any love are the high gravity malt monsters or hop bombs or Belgian this or that or the other. Granted, there is a time and a place for all of this. However, and this was something of an epiphany for me, after having several Victory Donnybrook Stouts during a recent visit home, it occurred to me that I would much rather drink for longer periods of time and actually remain coherent at the same time rather than getting loaded as fast as possible with the next big thing. Sadly, many equate high gravity to better beer. Not true in any way, shape or form. The English and Irish pubs of old have it right, by and large. We here in the States - and I mean the collective "we" - have been missing the boat, unfortunately on the beauty of the session beer.