Ultimate 6er | Texas Beers to Beat the Summer Heat
With summer upon us, days in Texas can be brutal – rising temperatures heading into the triple digits call for ways to stay hydrated. What could be more appropriate than a cold brew on a hot day? Those perfectly suited for the Texas scorching heat that can equally be enjoyed all day or even poolside. So put aside the lemonade and water, here is the Ultimate 6er of Texas beers to beat the summer heat.
Session IPA | Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
ABV: 5.2% | IBU: 40
The Deep Ellum favorite debuted a new sessionable IPA in mid-June that will be available year-round. Its low percent ABV is a perfect addition to your summer lineup and will be the go-to brew as its tangerine and lemon peel notes make it the ideal beer for quenching that thirst. The addition of Simcoe, Citra and Ahlanum hops make this an Easy Peasy poolside, juicy summer quencher.
Hefeweizen | Martin House Brewing
ABV: 5.4% | IBU: 13
Going beyond the means of tradition, this Fort Worth based brewery adds a unique spin to the traditional German Hefeweizen. By swapping out the customary wheat and including crystal oats into the mash it provides this brew with a creamy, almost silk-like mouth feel with notes of both banana and clove. This is the perfect beer to start your summer day. Who said breakfast had to be boring?
German-Style Helles | Community Beer Co.
This Helles of a lager screams Texas. Incredibly crushable and perfectly suited for this summer heat. This crisp lager takes up after its Bavarian counterparts. The use of all German malts create for a slight sweet front that is perfectly balanced off by tangy Hallertau hops in the finish. It has a six-week lagering process that ensures its the smoothest, cleanest lager around. It will have you join the ranks and start screaming “Ya’ll” like a true Texan.
Pale Ale | Four Corners Brewing Co.
ABV: 5.8% | IBU: 36
This West Dallas based brewery has been creating quite the buzz with their “All Day Ales”. Its iconic rooster and vibrant branding set it apart from other Texas beers – from its colorful packaging, to its one and only pop-top lid, which is completely removable. It instantly transforms the beer into a portable, recyclable cup – talk about eco-friendly! Paletero (Spanish for ice cream man) offers that lightness you crave in a summer beer and surprises you with a kick of hops on the finish. Notes of grapefruit and pine make it a great choice for summer outdoors. Although not available in cans— let’s hope that happens soon— you can only find this refresher on draft locally. If you’re feeling inspired, their signature line of Block Party, El Chingon and Local Buzz are available in cans ready for that next summer adventure.
IPA | Peticolas Brewing Co.
ABV: 7.5% | IBU: 75
It’s no surprise this Dallas brewery is one of my favorites. This tribute beer, originally brewed in 2014 as an ode to the World Cup tournament, was so popular it made a return just in time for summer. This party starter boasts copious amounts of citrus, both on the palate and nose, with a hint of fresh orange allowing the medium hop bitterness to round out those fruity flavors. Only available on draft in June and July locally – finding it is a summer treasure hunt on its own but well worth it when you do.
Amber Ale | Texas Ale Project
ABV: 6% | IBU: 32
The Dallas newbies and first ever brewery to be built from the ground up, Texas Ale Project, have thoughtfully crafted this Amber selection. This chameleon of a brew possesses all the right qualities to finish off a beautiful summer night and/or even cozy up to in the wintertime. Available year-round this brew offers just the right amount of hop bitterness to round out the richness of the 7 different malts used. It’s balanced without that sharp bite and the perfect summer night finisher.