This week’s Astro Biz is Down to Earth Session IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, we at Seattle Astronomy love a good brew, and we discovered this one in our local supermarket as part of our constant search for the perfect “house” IPA. But we’d never heard the term “session” before. According to AmericanCraftBeer.com, the term originated in WWI-era England, in which folks were typically allowed to drink beer on the job, even if they were making weapons of war. Workers were allowed two four-hour drinking sessions during the work day. This called for something a bit lighter, so as not to lose the productivity boost to be gained from a good quaff or three. The site goes into somewhat more detail in defining the parameters of session beer.
Anyway, the Down to Earth get thumbs up from us, and it is a bit lighter at 4.4 percent alcohol by volume, and 42 bitterness units (IBUS). Also, we love the space chimp art on the cans and six-pack.