As with many things in the craft brewing community, there are many differences of opinion about what exactly a session beer is. But, to my mind, and many people will agree, a session beer is a beer that you can have multiple beers of, and that really encompasses two aspects. Number 1, it needs to be low in ABV or low in alcohol. A lot of people will say that it's not a true session unless it's under five percent.
But, you know, if you're, if you are able to have, you know, two or three of those and, you know, be fine, it can still be considered a session by some people if it's slightly above that. The other thing though that's really critical in a session beer, is that it's delicious, so that you want to have two or three of them. If you have one, and you don't have any desire to come back to it, it's not a true session beer.
But don't be fooled, just because it's lower in alcohol, doesn't mean that it's lower in flavor. Right now there's a real trend towards what are called session IPAs and a lot of brewers are making these really hop forward, flavorful, low ABV beers and a lot of people are enjoying them. Not just in the summer, where you would think, but also year round. So if session beers are something, you know, have been gaining in popularity and you'll probably see a lot more of.