Full Sail Session Twist brings a touch of citrus into the colder months.
Hood River, Oregon’s Full Sail Brewing has taken the inspiration that created Session Lager and turned it into a full series of releases over the past few years. Creations have included everything from an IPA to a Mexican Lager, plus fruit variants like Watermelon Wheat and Black Cherry. As winter presses on, the brewery looks to put a little citrus in these dark days, with Full Sail Session Twist.
Session Twist is lightly hopped with Cascade, plus a “twist” of tangerine. Each sip might be the brightest part of drinking in the cold.
“We wanted the tangerine to come through in this lightly hopped pale ale. A hint of Cascade hops gives Session Tangerine Twist a natural citrus character and a twist of lemon rounds it out. Tangy aromas of citrus zest and tangerine burst from this golden, refreshing ale. – Full Sail Brewmaster Greg Doss
Session Lager launched 12 years ago and has since taken home more than 100 medals in various competitions. 40 of those were gold.
Full Sail Session Twist is available in 11-ounce stubby bottles and draft through April 2018.
5.2% ABV, 20 IBUs
There’s a new “Session” beer hitting shelves for the summer – Full Sail Session Watermelon Wheat Ale.
Lighter beers, warm weather, and watermelons just scream summertime. The brewers in Hood River, Oregon how found a a way to capture that essence in a bottle. The newest Session Series release features a base wheat beer brewed with Hallertau and Crystal hops, and aged in watermelons.
“Spring is here, with summer soon to follow. While the availability of beer knows no season, watermelon of course is another thing. Beer and watermelon, two quintessential summer pleasures, are paired here in Session Watermelon Wheat.” – Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter.
Full Sail Session Watermelon Wheat will be available 11 ounce bottles through August, 2017.
Availability: 11oz Bottles, Draft. May-August
Debut: May, 2017
5.4% ABV, 23 IBUs
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A member of the “Session” brand is hitting shelves this month – Full Sail Sesión Cervesa.
Think beaches, hot weather, tans. The Hood River, Oregon brewery is bringing a Mexican lager to the table. You’ve probably seen a surge in the “Mexican” lager across craft brewing recently. Examples include 21st Amendment El Sully, and Oskar Blues Beerito. Around the end of the 19th century, Germany ex-patriots started brewing Vienna lagers in country. Somewhere along the line, the style became synonymous with Mexican lagers.
Full Sail Sesión Cervesa falls right in line with the style, brewed with pilsner malt and flaked corn. We poured it ice cold on a sunny 72 degree spring day and couldn’t stop thinking about getting tacos or chips and salsa on a porch somewhere. Sesión Cervesa is an absolutely perfect day drinking. Let’s put it this way: if you are someone that doesn’t like the idea of industrial lagers On your next beer run, make sure you say Hola! to this one.
“The pour is pure gold in a bottle.” Sesíon Cerveza offers the refreshing character of the imports in a locally crafted beer, perfect for your next fiesta. The hops impart subtle hints of lemon and spice to complement the crisp malt body. -Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter
Full Sail Sesión Cervesa is available in 11 ounce “stubby” bottles and draft, year-round.
Hops: Celeia, Northern Brewer
Malts: Pilsner, Flaked Corn
Availability: 11oz Bottles, Draft.
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Full Sail Session Lager is making a move to cans. One of America’s original session beers is about to go anywhere.
The “stubby” bottles you’ve seen for years are downright iconic now. The perfect session beer has a perfect, palm size bottle, but glass has its limitations. When you see that bottle, you think Full Sail.
As much as we love Full Sail Session Lager at Beer Street Journal, but when pool season rolls around bottles get benched. Not this summer. After 12 years you”ll finally be reaching for a Session can. The best part? The coveted 15 packs.
“It’s the same award-winning lager, but now in a can. It feels as good in the hand as the iconic stubby, and it will go places where the bottle couldn’t.” Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter
Warm weather is just around the corner (if you don’t have it already.) Full Sail Session Lager cans aren’t far behind.
Availability: 12oz Cans, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut (Cans): March, 2017
5.1% ABV, 18 IBUs
Full Sail Session has iconic status in our book. The stubby bottled lager has a beer identity all its own. This winter it is joined by fruitier option – Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black.
A few years ago, the Hood River, Oregon brewery added Session Black to the lineup. The year-round black lager is known for its roasty chocolate flavors. Starting this month, you can throw cherries into the mix.
Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black uses Session Black as the base beer, plus a dash of dark cherry flavor. The result is what the brewery describes as a cherry cordial.
This new Session is Session Black with a cherry on top – actually, it’s more like a cherry cordial without the brandy. The aroma and flavor of cherry complements the smooth chocolate character of this dark lager.” – Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter
Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black is available in 12 ounce bottles in the Session Series 12 Pack, and Session Mashup Variety Pack through April, 2017.
Vacation in a bottle is probably the best way to describe Full Sail IPApaya IPA. It may officially be the dead of winter, but Hood River, Oregon’s Full Sail isn’t brewing that way.
Full Sail Ipapaya IPA features Equinox, (aka Eukanot) hops, and fresh papaya to create an IPA that screams island drinking, not puffy coats and runny noses.
“After testing several hop varietals for this IPA we chose to showcase Equinox (aka Ekuanot) – a hop well known for imparting unique fruity notes of melon, citrus, berry, and papaya. And since this beer was all about hops and fruit, we kept the recipe light and simple using only pale and wheat malts.” – Greg Doss, Full Sail Brewing Supervisor
Cold outside, but tropical in your glass. Full Sail IPApaya IPA is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft from January to April, 2017.
Debut: January, 2017
6.2% ABV, 58 IBUs
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