UPDATE: I am including additional events that are happening today or in the near future with thanks to Chad from Full Sail. Please scroll to the bottom of this announcement to see the additional WA & OR releases.
(Oregon & Washington) I recall my first "Session" lager during a recent trip down the Columbia River highway, commonly known as Interstate 84. August 2004, while coming back from a trip down to Walla Walla for my High School reunion I stopped into Full Sail for a bite and to sample their beers from the brewery's pub. One of the beers that graced their taps was a lager called rather creatively, Lawnbrau*. The beer was crisp and clean with a slight hop character to it and I had to admit I could see myself consuming a pint or two of this while sitting out on my patio.
But like most good things that come out of breweries I assumed this beer would never make it out to the general audience. How wrong I was since the beer was re-released as Session lager and ever since then I and the rest of the country have been consuming this multi-award winning beer ever since.
"Original Session, with the bright red label, is a classic all-malt, pre-Prohibition style lager that reminds us what American lagers used to taste like. Named World’s Best Premium Lager at the World Beer Awards and winner of a slew of other shiny trophies, Session has truly earned itself a place at the bar. Not to mention the barbeque." –source, Full Sail
Today on of all days 'hump day' Full Sail announces the release of the yang to Session lager's yin in the form of the Session Black.
"Our newest member of the family, Session Black, carries the mantra of drinkability into new territory. Most beers this dark are so heavy-duty, you could eat them with a fork. Session Black, on the other hand, lets you have your dark beer and drink it, too. With just a hint of roasty chocolate character, Session Black is short, dark and totally drinkable. At long last, a dark beer that doesn’t drink like a meal." –source, Full Sail
Details are coming in regarding Full Sail Session Black Release events but you can be assured this this article will be updated as they roll in.
June 24th, 2009
Hood River, OR
Full Sail Session Black Release, Full Sail Brewery Taproom & Pub
506 Columbia Street Hood River, OR 97031-2000 (541) 387-8349
June 26th, 2009
6:00 PM PST
Full Sail Session Schwarz Release, Beveridge Place Pub
6451 California Avenue, Seattle, WA 98136
*no doubt a play on a familiar german beer with a familiar lion on the label.
June 25th, 2009
8:00 PM PST to 10:00 PM PST
Session Black release & Movie Trivia Night, Pied Piper
2404 NE 65th Street Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 729-0603
4:00PM to 6:00PM PST
Full Sail Session Black Release, Pilsner Room McCormick & Schmick’s
Harborside at the Marina 0309 SW Montgomery Portland, OR 97201 (503) 220-1865
July 2nd, 2009
6:00 PM PST to 8:00 PM PST
Session Black Tailgate Party, Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern
1004 N. Killingsworth Street Portland, OR 503-206-4252
July 8th, 2009
Snohomish County Session Black Release, Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse
1114 1st St Snohomish, WA 98290-2911 (360) 568-5820