I’ve noticed a trend with a lot of brewers lately; that trend is high-alcohol, intensely flavored, big beers. I’m not complaining, just observing. While I really enjoy some of these beers, I find that sometimes they’re just too much. One of my favorites in this category is the Amplus Acerba produced by Hess Brewing (www.hessbrewing.com). It’s an absolutely fantastic beer, but it rings in at 11.3% ABV, which means it will put you in the bag quickly. This limits you to one or two max.
I recently picked up a six-pack of Anchor’s (anchorbrewing.com) summer beer. It’s a very clean finishing beer, has great flavor, and is only 4.5% ABV. This makes it good for session drinking. You can have several without feeling it too much.
I enjoy and think there’s room for both styles of beer. I’m just gaining a new appreciation for the lower-alcohol styles.