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5 Great Session Beers

06/15/2011 11:33 am ET | Updated Aug 14, 2011
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In this era of the craft beer renaissance, independent brewers are producing some of the biggest, baddest beers imaginable. So, why then are some of the most ardent beer lovers seeking out subtle, low-alcohol brews? Because they love beer enough to want to be able to have more than one, that's why. Session beers are short on alcohol, long on taste

With great, intense flavor often comes high alcohol content. Which is why most craft brewers worth their salt (ahem, malt?) are coming out with beers that can be enjoyed over a longer period of time, otherwise known as a drinking session. Hence the name: session beers.

Sessionable beers (yes, the word can also be used as an adjective) generally hover around 5 percent alcohol -- the limit is hotly debated -- and boast flavor profiles designed to go easy on the palate, pint after pint. But make no mistake: the Silver Bullet these are not. They come in different styles, from pale and bitter to dark and malty.