Booze

The Best Houston Beers for Summer

The sun is brutal and the air is thick and humid, and there's only one way to combat the Houston summer slump: Cold beer.

Fortunately, there are a number of breweries in our fair city, each of which has devised a special summer beer for the season. Some of them are released every year as soon as the days start getting longer. Others are small batch, limited edition brews intended to be as fleeting and lovely as a summer romance.

We tasted beers from each of Houston's six breweries and determined which libations are best to carry you through the summer and into fall. There are lots of hops, a little malt and more citrus than Carmen Miranda's headwear. Oh yeah, and there's also mint, hibiscus and Sour Patch Kids.

What can we say? Houston is full of creative brewers.

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Kaitlin Steinberg