As Independence Day weekend arrives, we’ll be reminded of the pride we have in our country.
As Texans, we make a big deal about the satisfaction we have in where we live; it just typically manifests itself a bit more locally than other states.
Texans love Texas, and by some recent beer arrivals (and a few older ones), it’s clear craft breweries are both proud of our state and mindful that it’s good marketing to say so. Here is a sixer of Texas-named beers — all available in cans — to enjoy this weekend among the red-white-and-blue festivities.
Community Texas Helles
Dallas’ Community Beer Co.’s latest addition to its portfolio is also one of its most accessible. With a robust hop and malt character for such a light-colored and clean-finishing beer, Texas Helles packs in a lot to enjoy in 12 ounces. It’s refreshing but doesn’t sacrifice on flavor in favor of making it go down easy. This is a nice addition to Community’s portfolio and is sure to be a hit.
Big Bend Tejas Lager
New in the DFW area, Big Bend Brewing from Alpine in West Texas cans several beers with the Tejas moniker. Tejas Lager is its flagship and is a light on the palate with a little malt balance. Infinitely drinkable with ingredients reminiscent of a Czech pilsner with Big Bend’s own twist, this is perfect for the West Texas blast-furnace summers. If Tejas Lager isn’t enough, Big Bend also has Tejas Negra and Tejas Clara for a variety of Tejas options.
3 Nations Texas Gold
Noted as a “kream ale,” this Kolsch hybrid has a fuller mouthfeel than other Kolsches like Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower. This new offering from the Farmers Branch brewery follows in the vein of its other beers: easy-to-drink, well-made and solid takes on traditional styles.
Four Corners Heart o’ Texas
Hailing from the west side of Dallas, Four Corners also rocks “Tejas” on the label in the form of an illustrated corazón on the can. The beer is malty, red and great with smoked meats. Great for this time of year when grilling is as common as cracking open a cold one, the fully removable 360-lid cans that Four Corners employs make that experience an even more enjoyable one.
Martin House Imperial Texan
Certainly not for the faint of heart, Imperial Texan brings a blast of piney hops and big malt to back it up. Clocking in at 9 percent ABV, Imperial Texan is the boldest of all these and is tailor-made for hop lovers. It was formerly packaged in 16-ounce cans, but Martin House recently shifted to 12-ounce cans and that’s a welcome change for a big fella like this one.
Rahr Pride of Texas
What could be more prideful than a beer with a name like this? Rahr & Sons Pride of Texas is the Fort Worth brewery’s second beer with “Texas” in its title (Texas Red was its first). Pride of Texas is a moderately hopped American pale ale with the distinctive Rahr malt bill and bright, fruity but reserved hop character.
Wild Acre opens to the public: Coming quicker than expected, Wild Acre will open its spacious taproom and outdoor patio to the public for the Fourth, 12:30-4 p.m. Monday. There will be live music and a first chance to have a look around Fort Worth’s newest brewery. Entry is $20 and comes with three pints of Wild Acre beer. 1734 E. El Paso St., Fort Worth.
Flying Saucer gets cheery: There’s nothing like a 100-degree day to make one pine for the cool temps of the Christmas season. Flying Saucer Fort Worth feels your pain and this Saturday will host a Christmas in July party. The celebration will feature an Ugly Christmas-themed tank top contest and holiday beers on tap and cask. 111 E. Third St., Fort Worth; www.beerknurd.com
Noble Rey and Texas Ale Project celebrations: Two Dallas breweries just down the road from one another will host Independence Day celebrations Saturday. Texas Ale Project’s ‘Merica the Beer-tiful Party runs 1-9 p.m. and will feature a cornhole tournament, a water balloon toss and a photo scavenger hunt to go with several special beer tappings. 1001 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas; texasaleproject.com. Two miles north will be Noble Rey Brewing’s Red, White & Brew that will feature custom shirt printing and other patriotic gear. 2636 Farmington St., Dallas.