By William Brand
Sunday, February 1st, 2009 at 11:50 am in what's on tap.
While you and I sip our favorite and greatest beers this afternoon during Super Bowl XLIII, think of the American servicepeople on duty in Iraq. Thanks to presidential edict., they get two beers each. Doesn’t sound like much, but Iraq is officially dry for the U.S. military (although when I was in the Navy overseas, we always had booze).
No matter, the word is: two beers. And, according to this report from ESPN, the beer is very likely to be Budweiser, I dunno about you, but two cans of Bud vs. no beer at all is a no brainer. Go for the Bud.
Last note, about what to drink during the Super Bowl — the trouble with all my favorites is they’re strong. What’s called for is a British-style “mild”, a malty, drinkable low-alcohold session beer, around 3.5 percent. Trouble is the only beers of that strength in America — outside brewpubs, where milds are starting to show up — are light beers. Amsel Light, the Heineken import, for instance, is 3.5 percent. Michelob Ultra is 4.2 percent, Sam Adams Light is 4.05 percent. With the possible exception of Sam, these are beers of little taste.
One low alcohol beer I really like — but haven’t found in a while is Brasserie Dupont’s Avril. It’s 3.5 percent, but the first time I tried it, I assumed it was another hefty, Belgian ale. Doesn’t taste like 3.5 percent: lots of spice and malt. We need more beers like Avril in America. I have some Pliny and Dogfish 90-Minute on hand. But after I drink one or two of either, I’m finished for the day.
On the subject of lower alcohol session beers, Lew Bryson, the Philadelphia author and beer writer, has just started a new blog: The Session Beer Project. He wants to create a forum and buzz for lower-alcohol beers…Great idea. The time has come.
For a list of popular beers and their alcohol content, check out this site for starters.
So, let’s build a session beer list. Comments welcome. I’ll use the list in a future column —