There are a handful of lower alcohol by volume, lower-calorie beers in the craft brewing segment. Some of the most notable recent releases include One-y IPA by Oskar Blues, Slightly Mighty by Dogfish Head, and Swipe Light by Southern Tier. It looks like Monday Night Lay Low IPA may join the category soon.
Early details are pretty simple. Lay Low is an India pale ale that is 3.5% ABV and just 95 calories.
Monday Night Lay Low IPA is slated for 12-ounce cans. Currently, there is no release date.
Style: IPA (Session Beer)
Availability: 12oz Cans
Bell’s Brewery’s Two Hearted Ale is known epically as one of the best (if not the best) India pale ale in America. As you read this, fans are eagerly awaiting Double Two Hearted Ale, which is basically Two Hearted turned into the Incredible Hulk. The “Hearted Ale” series has a lesser known, lovable lighter side – Light Hearted Ale.
The 110 calorie, 8.7 carb, 3.5% alcohol by volume “light” ale has been a Bell’s General Store exclusiver release, showing up on social media earlier this summer.
By the looks of it, the brewery has redesigned the artwork, presumably in a move to take this session India pale ale national. Sample bottles with the new artwork have surfaced online.
Per the brewery’s description:
Light hearted is everything you love about Two Hearted: 100% centennial hops, balanced, a firm malt backbone, and all of the hop aroma too, from pine to grapefruit.
Bell’s Light Hearted Ale will be available in early 2020 according to the brewery.
Three Taverns 3 Day IPA is back in cans once again, ahead of the local Decatur Arts Festival.
This hoppy release is THE official beer Decatur Arts Festival. This session India pale ale was a huge hit in the taproom when first released on draft in 2016.
This year’s release dry-hopped, and features Amarillo, Lemondrop, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops.
…is a 4.6% session IPA that is hazy in appearance and extremely crushable.
Three Taverns 3 Day IPA is available at the taproom again starting in mid-may in 12-ounce cans, and draft.
Hops: Amarillo, Mosaic, Lemondrop, El Dorado
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: Mid-May 2019
Last summer, Avondale, Georgia based Wild Heaven debuted a “summery” edition of their wildly popular Emergency Drinking Beer. The brewery juiced thousands of pounds of fresh watermelons and infused the juice with their pilsner inspired beer. The result is summer in a 12-ounce can.
Despite the success of Watermelon EDB on draft last summer, Wild Heaven took a year review quality control and packaging best practices ahead of canning this fruit beer – a first for the brewery.
Wild Heaven Watermelon EDB has officially made it’s can debut for this first time in time for the official start of summer. Available in 12-ounce cans and draft as hot weather seasonal.
Lead Image: Eric Johnson, Brewery co-founder
Unknown Brewing Scratch n Sniff hits shelves just as spring begins.
Subtitled “Aromatic IPA,” the beer’s name is truly fitting. Unknown uses a technique called “hop bursting,” where a massive (read: unreasonable) amount of hops are added at the end of the beer’s boil and whirlpool stages. The result is a beer that is low on bitterness and big on hop aromas. The Unknown Brewing team uses a seven hop blend, bringing a real burst of flavor to the table.
The hop bursting technique is really evident in Scratch n Sniff. There is so much hop aroma in a 4.8% session IPA. It’s hopped like an imperial IPA, but won’t put you under the table nearly as fast.
This aromatic IPA is made with 7 hop additions. All those hops are thrown in at special timed editions to create flavor, a nose full of goodness, and light bitterness.
Unknown Brewing Scratch n Sniff is available in 12 ounce cans and draft as a spring seasonal.
Availability: 12oz Can, Draft. Seasonal release.
Latest Return: March, 2017
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Birdsong Paradise City debuts in cans April 1st. The first year-round beer to join the brewery’s lineup since 2012.
Billed as a “session IPA”, Paradise City features Cascade, Chinook, Amarillo and Idaho 7 hops. The IPA is on the lower side of the boozy spectrum, just 4.8% alcohol by volume, and big on citrusy flavors.
Paradise City is a medium body, crisp IPA with lots of upfront hop aromas. It’s forward on the tangerine & citrusy side with a little hint of more complex piney notes.
Assistant brewer Jeff Bowman designed the recipe for Birdsong Paradise City. Available in 16 ounce cans starting Saturday.
Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Amarillo, Idaho 7
Malts: Carapils, Wheat, C40, Oats
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
4.8% ABV, 45 IBUs
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