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Apricot Sriracha IPA Chicken and Session IPA’s for Summer

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For what seems like decades brewers have been involved in a bit of an ABV arms race to see who can bring to the table the IPA with highest alcohol content. The Top That ABV Game seems to be waining in favor of the Full Flavor Session IPA game, to the relief of lightweights across the land.

Now that summer is around the corner and long days of eating Hot Meat off the grill and drinking all day, session beers are more important. A session beer is a beer with low alcohol that you can spend a "long drinking session" consuming without becoming a cautionary tale. Mostly, these are beers that have less than 5% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Although a low ABV session beer becomes an important part of not becoming an unintended YouTube sensation with drunk antics, we also want to continue to perpetuate our status as the Craft Beer Queen, so "lite" beer won’t be considered. Session IPA’s are what we go to. The hops we want, the low alcohol that keeps us functional all day.

Here are some to seek out. This isn’t a "top ten"list, or a "best of" list. It’s just a list. A list of great session IPA’s to seek out when you want to drink all day without embarrassing yourself. If you have a session IPA you love, let me know.

Founders: All Day IPA ABV 4.7%

Lagunitas Brewing: Day Time IPA 4.65%

Stone Brewing: Go To IPA 4.5%

Fort George Brewery: Suicide Squeeze 4.5%

Sierra Nevada: Nooner Session IPA 4.8%

Firestone Walker: Brewing: Easy Jack IPA 4.5%

Southern Tier: Farmer’s Tan IPA 4.6%

Pizza Port Brewing: Ponto S.I.P.A. 4.5%

Apricot Sriracha IPA Chicken

Apricot Sriracha IPA Chicken

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 lb very ripe apricots pitted
  • 1/3 cup IPA beer
  • 1 tsp sririacha
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lb chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs chopped shallots
  • 3 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley


  • In a food processor or blender add the apricots, IPA, sriracha, cornstarch, and balsamic, blend until smooth.
  • Salt and pepper the chicken thighs on all sides,.
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Sear the chicken breasts on both sides. Add the shallots, stir until shallots have softened.
  • Add the apricot mixture, reduce heat to a low simmer, simmer until sauce has thickened and chicken is cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, sprinkle with parsley.


This recipe needs fully ripe, sweet apricots. If you use under-ripe apricots, the dish will be overly sour. If you don't have over ripe (almost mushy) apricots, add 2 tbs honey to combat the bitterness.

Apricot Sriracha IPA Chicken3

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Ellie Delancey May 26, 2014 um 7:02 am

Hi Jackie,
I love the idea of session beers. I can’t wait to try out a few this summer. I’m not a huge fan of IPA’s though. Do you have recommendations for other types of session beers? Personally, I favor lagers, but am open to other types as well. Thanks!


Jackie May 26, 2014 um 10:09 am

Full Sail has a great session lager. Also, for a low hop beer, look for a white ale (like Allagash White), a lot are low alcohol. If you want a low alcohol beer that isn’t an IPA, go to a beer bar and ask for a "sessionable, low hop beer"


abigail May 27, 2014 um 7:15 am

mmmmm love me some sriracha!


My Kitchen Stories May 28, 2014 um 2:16 am

Great combo of flavours. Ill have to substitute some other apricots for this one as we are a long way from Apricot season. Love the recipe though!


Brittyb02 May 28, 2014 um 1:06 pm

Tried this last night and it was so so tasty!!


Sherri June 3, 2014 um 10:35 am

Could you use reconstituted dried apricots?


Jackie June 3, 2014 um 11:38 am

I’m not sure, i’ve never done it. It’s possible. Fresh peaches might be a better substitute


Helene June 16, 2014 um 12:10 pm

Have you heard of Carton Brewing? They are a small local brewery in Atlantic Highlands, NJ and they make my favorite session, called Boat Beer. You should definitely check it out!!/boat-beer


deidre July 14, 2014 um 3:25 am

Not normally much of an ipa fan, but I do like some of those session IPAs. Especially the ponto!


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