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Lervig Johnny Low 
Posted: 27 July 2015  Beer Republic 6.0 
Lervig Johnny Low from Norway So when I saw Johnny Low, Lervig's session IPA at only 2.5% ABV, the ultra low alcohol content caught my eye.  Johnny Low uses Cascade, Simcoe, and Citra hops in abundance, and though low on alcohol, you'd never notice it in the taste.      
Avg price/liter: USD 9.82   ABV %: 2.5  Type: IPA   
       


Lervig is a Stavanger, Norway brewery that marches to the beat of its own drum.  While everyone else is out there trying to brew beers with 6%, 8%, 12% alcohols to show off strength, Lervig continues along brewing beers in the under 5% range.         

I am sick, sick, sick of strong beers, and most of the time, all you do is taste the strength.   So when I saw Johnny Low, Lervig's session IPA at only 2.5% ABV, the ultra low alcohol content caught my eye.  This alcohol content is so low, it can be sold in Scandinavian grocery stores.  [Higher alcohol beers must be regulated by state alcohol monopolies]      

There are many theories where this beer got its name.  Johnny's last name must refer to the low alcohol content.  The first name, Johnny, probably is layered with meanings.  The pic on the label shows a sailor with a goofy face.  As this is an IPA, I'll assume this is a British sailor on one of the boats bringing the first IPA's to India.  Another possible suggestion for Johnny is that British sailors back then likely shunned condoms (known in the British vernacular as "johnnies").  Johnny was a lowly educated bloke who caught STD's in India from not wearing johnnies, provoked to reckless behavior from drinking too many IPA's with too high an alcohol content.  Lervig could subsequently argue that this light IPA encourages responsible behavior for all future Johnny's.      

Johnny Low uses Cascade, Simcoe, and Citra hops in abundance, and though low on alcohol, you'd never notice it in the taste.     

Johnny Low is a great way to pose as a rebel without really being one.  I knew guys in high school who stupidly impregnated girls for not being careful.  Were they drunk at the time?  You'll stay completely sober when you pop open your own bottles of Johnny Low.  Curry not required.             

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