The featured beer painting of the day is of Session Fest Premium Red Lager by Full Sail Brewing Company in Hood River, Oregon. A Czech style strong lager named Polomatve in Czech, which means semi-dark. The team at Full Sail wanted to make a beer that would represent the holidays and the winter season in a way that would bring cheer into your world during the darker, colder months of the year. Brewed with four malts, including wheat, and a special blend of Cascade and Glacier hops, this beer comes off a little spicy, smells great, and tastes easy enough to drink a few.
I have always liked Full Sail Brewing, and have been drinking its beers since the dawn of my beer drinking days. When the Session Ale came out a few years back, I knew exactly what they were aiming at – an American style lager made to the traditional recipes of a pre-prohibition style. That is why it comes in the stubby bottle, it’s traditional. As for the Fest version, I don’t know why they called it a Session, except to keep it in the same sized bottle as the Black Lager and the Premium Lager. At 6.2% I would hardly call this one sessionable. So be warned, this beer comes in 12 packs, and if you only split it with one other sessioner, you may be in for a morning of discomfort. Just a heads up that the name could be slightly misleading about the alcohol content.
I think the bottles and caps are the most fun things about Session Lager beer. The stubby bottle reminds me of the old Olympia beer, back before it was bought by the conglomerate beer companies. Under each cap you’ll find a picture of a rock, paper, or scissors, but Fest caps have fruitcake, gift-wrap, or a carving knife. The cap on this bottle had gift-wrap, which is fitting as I make these paintings as a gift to your eyes.
Cheers to the holidays! I hope you get to grab some Session Fest! It tastes as good as it looks, and will fill you with holiday cheer!