^
Keep Houston Press Free
4

Texas Wants Beer: My Ten Top Texas Beers

Here are my top-five year-round beers, in order:

1. St. Arnold Elissa

If you love crisp, bitter, hoppy beers, you will fall hard for this India Pale Ale (IPA) named after Galveston's tall ship.

Info

top Texas beers

2. Live Oak Pilz

Live Oak beers are sold on draft to select pubs and restaurants around the state that cater to beer lovers. All of their beers are extremely well made, but the Czech-style pilsner is spectacular.

3. Real Ale Full Moon Pale Rye Ale

The hippest brewer in Texas, Real Ale in Blanco makes this unusually crisp, rye-flavored ale that goes exceptionally well with food.

4. Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug

The Fort Worth microbrewery's No. 1 seller is a German schwarzbier made with dark roasted malts for a rich flavor and dark color.

5. Shiner Bohemian Black Lager

Another German schwarzbier — this one was made to celebrate the brewery's anniversary, but it was so popular it's now made year-round. It's Shiner's No. 2 seller after Shiner Bock and much more ­interesting.

My top-five seasonal beers, in order:

1. Real Ale's Shade Grown Coffee Porter

Available on draft in the wintertime, this intense porter is made with Katz's fair trade coffee.

2. Saint Arnold Summer Pils

A crisp, refreshing, delicious summer Czech-style Pilsner.

3. Rahr & Sons Bucking Bock

A sweet, golden Maibock (spring bock) that's shockingly good.

4. Live Oak Hefeweizen

You can get this spring and summer wheat beer with live yeast and citrus flavors on draft only — but it's one of the best Hefeweizens in the country.

5. Saint Arnold Christmas Ale

Lots of malt, lots of hops and lots of alcohol make this sweet, spicy, hearty ale a favorite for the holiday season.

Also noted:

Shiner "Anniversary Series" 96-100

Counting down to their 100th Birthday in 2009, Shiner has released a series of craft-brewed beers. The beer called 96 was a Marzen, 97 was Bohemian Black (now a year-round beer), 98 was an amber lager and 99, which is currently on the market, is a Helles, a Czech-style pilsner. In January 2009, 100 will be released.

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve Series 1-7

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Each year Saint Arnold's brewmasters get to go wild with a limited edition beer (or two). If you can find them, buy them. They are always fabulous. Divine Reserve No. 5 was a Russian Imperial Stout that Beer Advocate

named one of the Best 25 American Beers of 2007.

Southern Star

Southern Star is the newest microbrewery in Texas. They are located in Conroe, and they just released their first beer. Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale comes in a 16-ounce "tall boy" can.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.