The beer: Oatmeal Hef
The brewery: Martin House Brewing Co. in Fort Worth
Style: A classic Hefeweizen featuring banana, vanilla and clove flavors, but smoothed out with rich and silky oat texture.
Fun facts: Brewery co-founder and head brewer Cody Martin is well loved for brewing odd pairings like this one.
"Hefeweizens are perfect for summer," said Martin. "We put our own spin on it by using malted oats instead of malted wheat. This gives ours a silky mouth feel and a bit more body and oatey flavor."
The special addition of a German Hefeweizen yeast strain gives this brew a clean finish. Not a lot of hops were added, and the ABV stands at a respectable 5.4 percent.
Oatmeal Hef is Martin House's featured beer for June as part of the brewery's ongoing micro-seasonal program. Could this crowd pleaser hold any staying power after June? Martin did say: "All the brewers have been loving it and we're sad that it'll only be around for one month."
No changes to the schedule have been announced yet, so we're still expecting a "Salty Lady" in July and a "Salsa Verde" in August, just in time for hatch chile season.
Serve it: Right after something sweaty. The oats give this beer the sustenance you might need after a long bike ride or a day spent tubing on the Trinity. The traditional Hefeweizen approach keeps it light and refreshing so you can drink as much as you need to recover from all that exercise, of course.
Serious physical exertion isn't required to enjoy this brew though. The crowd of friends I took to Martin House last Thursday played a few rounds of cornhole, at most, and they all found Oatmeal Hef to be plenty "refreshing."
Get some: Tours happen every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and every Saturday from 2-5 p.m. A pint glass and three beers come with your $10 admission to the brewery.
Also, the brewery is trying something new. On June 18, Martin House is holding its first ever Open Mic Night during the usual tour time. For one night, visitors can sign up for a 5-10 minutes slot to "do whatever you want!"