Full Sail Brewing's rapid fire pace of additions continues with its Session line of beers. They kicked off the year with the release of Session Black Cherry Black. A few weeks ago, they launched Session Premium Lager in cans. Now they're headed south of the border and adding Sesión Cerveza Mexican Style Lager to their year-round lineup.
It's an intriguing move. I've only seen a handful of craft breweries release a Mexican-style lager as a limited release, but I'm not aware of any that have added one as a year-round offering.
In a departure from other Session beers, Sesión Cerveza utilizes flaked corn in the malt bill. Flaked corn is commonly used in the production of light lagers and produces a beer that's lighter in color and and flavor.
Full Sail sent me a sample 6-pack. I cracked open a bottle, and first noticed its pale straw color. The picture below doesn't do it justice, but it's quite pale. Grass and lemon come through in aroma. The taste starts with bread and light cereal, followed by spicy hops in the middle. It's light bodied, crisp, and finishes dry with a light note of citrus. Mexican-style lagers have never cracked my beer drinking rotation. With summer quickly approaching, I can see myself drinking a few of these... For more details, check out Full Sail's press release below.
Hecha in Hood River, Enjoyed Everywhere
Hood River, Oregon – Say “¡hola!” to Sesión Cerveza, the newest member of the Session family. At 4.5% ABV, new Sesión Cerveza Mexican Style Lager is a light, crisp, refreshing, loco-buena cerveza, brewed for a hot day, a hot date, and anything in between.
“Straw gold in color, and light in body, Sesiόn Cerveza is brewed with Pilsner malt, flaked corn, and Celeia and Northern Brewer hops,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “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.
When Full Sail launched the Session brand 12 years ago, it quickly became the hottest new craft-beer brand on the market, which has since brought home 100 medals, including 40 golds. Session’s not a micro, a macro, or an import, but in a way it’s a little bit of each. You see, virtually everyone who likes beer likes Session. It’s a brand that’s accessible without being ordinary. Totally drinkable, but never at the expense of character. And dios mío, new Sesión Cerveza is no exception. Available year-round in 11oz. stubby bottles, in 6-packs, 12-packs, on draft and in the Session summer Mashup variety 12-pack. Hecha en Hood River. Enjoyed everywhere. ¡Saludos! 4.5% ABV, 15 IBUs.
About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peak of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including 150 gold medals and Beverage World’s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.