Full Sail

Day 50 Drink: Session Black Recommended

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Founded in 1987, Full Sail Brewing Co. is in the middle of big beer country in Oregon. They make a few pretty hefty brews themselves, but the brewery also is leading the way in a craft beer revival of sessionable brews.

Full Sail's Session Black Lager was the 2009 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winner in the Black Lager category. One taste will tell you why. It pours a nice rocky tan head and offers a malty aroma. The beer is a lovely dark mahogany color and very drinkable. It has an overall good caramel malt base and a slight amount of balancing hop bitterness. At 5.4 percent alcohol by volume in a stubby 11 ounce bottle, this is a good session choice.