It is something of a quandary I find myself in, having to agree with my brother, but Jim is right about one thing. It is hard to find beer that is both flavorful and lower in alcohol. Living rural like I do, I often find myself a good distance from home when the mood strikes to have a beer. For example Brewforia my favorite watering hole is actually about 30 miles from my house. You can guess that I am not going to be taking a $100 taxi ride home, so I have to take it easy.
I too, like Jim, have gotten to a point in my life where drinking too much at night can make the next morning a bit of a downer, but yesterday I found a beer that is both flavorful and lower in alcohol.
Two Beers is a newish brewery out of Seattle that cans their brews and have several selections that are sessionable. The one I had yesterday was a 4.8% ABV India Session Ale. It was a beautiful beer. Full of piney, citrusy and flowery flavors and I never even missed the fact that it is a good 2% ABV lower than most comparable beers. This is a great every day drinker and you can have a couple without ill effect.
It was quite amazing. It had a medium mouth feel, and the flavors were well integrated with its lower alcohol content. The nose is quite bright and reminded me of Dale’s Pale Ale. It was piney for sure, but also had a good mix of citrus and floral as well. Its flavor was rich and full bodied. Believe me I wasn’t expecting that. I was prepared for a thin and watery near beer that was a glorified Macro clone, but not here. No this brew exceeded my expectations at every turn. It was flavorful, bright, and best of all it didn’t weigh me down or make me fuzzy.
So there you have it. It does exist. A very flavorful and a low alcohol brew that won’t weigh you down or make you wish you had another 2 hours to sleep the next morning.