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Session Brews 

Three easy drinking beers

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One story for where the term "session beer" originated suggests that in Britain during World War I, 4-hour drinking periods or "sessions" were established, allowing factory workers to legally imbibe. This necessitated low alcohol (around 4 percent) beer that could be consumed in some quantity without dire effects on production. Low alcohol is still a defining characteristic of session beers today but, of course, a session beer should also have a flavor that makes you want to have another. Here are three, two of which are local, that fit the bill.

North Coast Brewing: Puck the Beer, Petite Saison, $1.99-$2.59

A persistent two-finger head tops this soft, golden straw-hued brew. There's a tangy yeast component on the nose, along with touches of clove. This is a nice, clean effort on the palate, but the saison element is barely noticeable, with light flavors of grain, mineral and soft apple. Bitter hops rev up at the finish.

Payette Brewing Rodeo Rye Pale Ale, $1.39-$1.79 (local)

You definitely pick up the rye on the nose of this hazy, burnt orange pour. There are lots of floral hops along with orange blossom and sweet grapefruit, as well. Earthy hops dominate on the palate, backed by toasted malt, biscuit and soft citrus. Nicely carbonated and oh-so-easy to drink, this beer finishes refreshingly dry and bitter.

Sockeye High Lakes Session IPA, $1.39-$1.79 (local)

This beer pours a light amber in the glass with a porous head that collapses quickly but leaves a lovely lacing. Hops and toasted grain dominate the nose. Weighing in at 80 IBU, this brew has rugged, pine-laced hops that drive the palate, with underlying touches of citrus and biscuit. Things smooth out a bit on the finish, bringing you back for more.

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