Bryson City Brown Ale

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier                                                                                                  The Bryson City Brown ale is a very dark brown beer, opaque with a two finger tan colored head. Earthy stone fruit aromas of apricots and sweet pipe tobacco. On the palate the Bryson City Brown Ale has a light to medium body mouthfeel with very tight and tiny bubbles that make this beer feel very crisp and spritzy on the palate. On the front of the palate I get a little of that 75% cocoa-like characteristic. If you don’t know what I mean by this, I encourage you to buy a bar of 85% cocoa and a bar of 75% cocoa and taste the difference. Both are dry but the 75% will have an ever so slight sweetness on the tip of tongue. The Bryson Cit Brown ale has that same quality followed by a fresh Coco Cola-esque mouthfeel and returning to that dry, earthy cocoa on the finish.

The Bryson City Brown Ale is a light sessional brown ale. This means that the beer has low alcohol, similar to a lager style but with more of those ale characteristics. This is a refreshing substitute for some of those more common light ABV style beers that you may be used to. So for that first kick off at App. State or that mid season Wolf Pack game, switch out those Yuengling lagers in your Yeti for a beer like this and see if it adds to your winning season. Take some pictures, tag us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter and we may send you a goodie. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Rating – 91 Points

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Beer Selection –  Bryson City Brown Ale 

Producer – Nantahala Brewing Company 

Region – Bryson City, North Carolina 

Style – Brown Ale

Hops – Unknown 

Malts – Unknown

Yeast – Unknown

Alcohol – 3.8%

IBUs – International Bittering Units – 14

Food Pairing – This is a great tailgating brew. Very light on the ABV, dry and earthy, perfect for grilled chicken, burgers, or even hotdogs !


What is a Session Beer?

Well let’s start with this one statement: “Session Beer” is not an American translation of “Saison Beer”. They actually have absolutely nothing in common. Session beers are for the most part any beer under 5%, and often lower than 4%. They are meant to be flavorful brews that are very light in ABV. They are thought to have been created around WWI in Europe, specifically Britain. The labor force was working long shifts and long weeks to support war efforts. The government began to allow work day sessions during which the workers could consume alcohol. So car manufactures, metal workers, gun smiths, (the list goes on), were allowed to consume alcohol and return to work. AWESOME! Session beers were light beers that could be enjoyed in quantity without leaving the laborers, well, tanked, sloshed, poo faced, blitzed, torched or drunk, allowing them to continue the rest of the long work day. Enjoy this style of beer while tailgating, beach going, or participating in a social after a hard game of Rugby… Go Clayton Bootleggers. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier


Dark in color, yet our lightest beer. Smooth with a slight roasty, chocolate flavor. A mild, easy drinking “session” beer with a complex flavor. The chocolate and nutty character is flavorful yet not too heavy. There is very little hop bitterness and the finish is smooth and pleasant.