Ask any Texas native and they'll tell you the summer is about survival. One necessity to keep in your survival kit: beer. Here are five beers brewed in North Texas to cool you down in the coming months.
by Martin House Brewing Co.
Martin House Brewing Co. in Fort Worth churns out several limited-release beers as part of its "micro-seasonal" program, but its new year-round offering, True Love, is what you'll want to stock in the fridge this summer. True Love is a raspberry sour ale that has a zesty aroma and is tart upon first sip. Once the beer opens up, though, drinkers can expect a juicy, fruity flavor, similar to last year's Toadies-inspired Stars Above brew. The beer is light in body and pleasantly fizzy, so it won't weigh you down in the summer heat. That's a good thing since it's a sessionable 5.2 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).
Find True Love on draft and in six-packs of cans.
by Community Beer Co.
Admit it, you'd pick this beer off the shelf just because of the name. (Just me?) Silly Gose is a light beer brewed to mimic the traditional German gose style, which often features coriander and salt. Community Beer Co. in Dallas added its own twist by supplementing the traditional flavor with tangerine peel and apricot puree. The result is a mild-flavored brew that yeasty on the nose, bubbly on the tongue and finishes with a salty aftertaste. Because of its crisp and tangy profile, this beer may please your friends that typically drink wine. (Read more about Silly Gose here.)
Find Silly Gose on draft and in six-packs of cans.
by Lakewood Brewing Co.
Lakewood Brewing Co. in Garland revamped its summer Bavarian-style pilsner this year by dry-hopping the recipe with lemondrop and noble hops, making its floral notes much more pronounced. Zomer, as it's called, has a grassy hay-like scent on the nose, and a brilliantly clear straw color to match. The hops offer a mild bite up front in the taste and mellow out into a light, bubbly mouthfeel. If you're a fan of pale ales, you'll want to give this pils a shot.
Find Zomer in six-packs of cans.
by Oak Highlands Brewery
Allgood Kolsch has been a staple of Oak Highlands Brewery's lineup since it opened in 2015. For the Guava Good, brewers took that same base beer and gussied it up with fruit. Like the original, this brew is a cloudy golden color and an easy-drinker. You likely wouldn't guess it's more than 6 percent ABV. Drinkers won't get much guava flavor in the beer, as it primarily manifests in the aroma. The taste, however, is light, crisp and refreshing, and leaves a dry aftertaste on the palate.
Find Guava Good in six-packs of cans.
by 3 Nations Brewing
This last brew is available year-round, but it's ideal for pairing with the summer months. Texas Gold comes from 3 Nations Brewing in Farmers Branch. It's a cream ale, a style often noted for its silky mouthfeel. That's not to say this beer is thick or heavy. While you may get honey or vanilla notes in the aroma, the beer itself is light and flavorful without specifically showcasing flavors aside from "beer." The brew finishes clean and will leave you wanting more. Good thing it's 4.7 percent ABV.
Find Texas Gold in six-packs of cans. The brewery also recently opened a new taproom where you can try it.