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The Growing Movement of Session Beers

Friday, March 13, 2015 | Anchor, Boxcar, Full Sail, Goose Island, Keegan Ales, Kona, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Victory

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It’s no secret that craft beers tend to be a bit higher on the alcohol by volume, and that can be bad news for someone who wants to enjoy several brews in a night while still being safe. But have no fear! Low-alcohol session craft beers have been making their mark on the market in recent years and are on a climb in popularity. This means you can enjoy a party, round of cards or wedding while still enjoying your favorite craft breweries

The term session comes from the British, referring to the timeframe of a social gathering that involves drinking. In craft beer, a session beer has come to mean a beer under 5% AVB, but is still full of taste. So here we present a list of delicious session beers to try.

Full Sail Session Lager – What it lacks in ABV, it makes up for in big malt flavor and herbal hop character. 5.1% ABV

Anchor Steam Beer – This California Common beer gets its name from tradition West Coast brewing methods. 4.9% ABV

Goose Island Honkers Ale – An English bitter with fruity hops and a rich malt middle, making for a very drinkable brew. 4.3% ABV

Keegan Ales Bine Climber – Citrus hops lead this IPA, then is balanced by the malts, making it an especially good hoppy beer to drink a few of. 4.7% ABV

Kona Big Wave – Fruity flavors are suspended on bready malts, giving a full flavor to this blonde ale. 4.4% ABV

Long Trail Ale – This full-bodied amber ale is great for drinking around the campfire or bringing to a party. 5% ABV

Magic Hat Circus Boy – An unfiltered hefeweizen brewed with lemon grass that won’t have you on the floor. 4.5% ABV

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Evolution, Finch's, Full Sail, Fun, Summer, Susquhanna, Troegs, Victory

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Looking to spice up your gift to dad, or maybe something to complement his hobbies? Try pairing a beer with it to enhance the enjoyment of his favorite activities.

Grilling – So your father’s into cooking in the great outdoors. Give him something hoppy to accompany spicy BBQ and burgers, like Lot 3 IPA from Evolution.

Poolside – Netting debris, testing chlorine balances, finally relaxing with a cool dip after a long day; all of these deserve a refreshing brew. Long Trail’s India Pale Ale goes one better, and gives it to you in a pool-safe can.

Gaming – Does your dad have a designated poker night? Or is he more of a modern gamer, always having to have the latest console? Either way, give him something full-flavored and sessionable to keep his head in the game, such as Session Lager out of Full Sail.

Reading - Your dad’s more bookish, so try giving him something sweet and mellow to accompany a quiet evening with his favorite author. Try Pils Noir from Susquehanna, a beer that’s more of a twist than the end of his latest novel.

Sports – Whether he’s spending the afternoon watching baseball or he’s just finished up a set of tennis, a light and snappy brew fits the bill. We suggest Troegs Sunshine Pils.

Camping/Boating – Tis the season for great outdoor activities, and if you’re father’s looking to take advantage of that, try giving him a well-balanced and flavorful beer to cool off with. Victory’s Summer Love is just right for everything that’s summer.

Full Sail Named Craft Brewer of the Year

Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Beer News, Full Sail, Sustainable

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In majestically picturesque Hood River, Oregon, there is a craft brewery that has stood out as both a beer company that produces delicious brews and a sustainably-minded business. For these reasons and more, they have been awarded the title of Best Craft Brewery of the Year for 2014 by Beverage World Magazine.

Full Sail’s unique method of business made it a prime candidate for the award. Employee-owned and ecologically conscious, they’ve found that sustainability is not only good for the environment, it’s good for business.

“Our idea of being sustainable is what our grandparents used to call being cheap,” laughs Full Sail founder and CEO Irene Firmat. “And that’s how we really like to talk about it because sometimes it can feel so esoteric, like ‘you can’t afford to do this, or that.’ But part of it for us is that because we’re an employee-owned company, things have to make financial sense. And all of the things we do from a sustainability point of view are sustainable not just for the environment, but financially as well. That’s where it gets interesting because you can engage a lot of people and not have it be, ‘I’m holier than thou’ or ‘I’m this green purist.’ No, it’s really good for business.”

Between their efforts to conserve water with innovative filtration systems, giving spent grain to local farmers and buying most of their ingredients from local agriculture, they’ve made as much of an effort towards sustainability as they have towards creating much-loved craft beverages. And because every employee has a direct stake in their business, they are able to keep to their roots after 27 years, and continue brewing beers that people all across the country seek out to drink.

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