The Fourth of July is one of the biggest times of the year for beer sales. Think about it: What goes better with Independence Day celebrations than burgers hot off the grill and beers straight out of an ice-filled Yeti cooler?
If you haven't stocked up on the six-pack you'll enjoy poolside on Thursday, there are a few Austin beers in particular that are suited for both the American food we're all going to stuff our faces with and for the feelings of patriotism and country pride we're going to feel. Here's what to buy.
Austin Beerworks Cold Glory American Lager
The newest canned seasonal from the increasingly prolific brewery looks the part of a beer you're supposed to drink on July 4 — it's decked out in red, white and blue. Plus, dotted all over the can are tiny eagles, hot dogs and monster trucks, among other images, in a true expression of what Americans love most. (It was probably too hard to put reality TV on the label.) Look for the 5.6 percent ABV brew at local stores including H-E-B and East 1st Grocery.
"Oh, say can you see our brand-new Cold Glory American Lager," Austin Beerworks wrote on Twitter last month. "This star spangled summertime lager, with a patriotic punch of American hops, is the perfect companion to grilling, watching fireworks and not going to work."
St. Elmo Brewing Hot Doggin' Imperial IPA
Once again, the South Austin brewery has teamed up with Fairweather Cider to release a beer and cider hybrid at a whopping 8.5 percent ABV. (So scarf down a couple hot dogs before you drink it.) The Hot Doggin' Imperial IPA blends the juiciness of the apples with a whole lot of hops, in an experiment that proves just how intertwined an IPA and a cider can be. You might find hops and apples go together like, well, a cheeseburger and fries.
The beer releases on draft and in four-pack tallboy cans at St. Elmo's Hot Doggin' Fourth of July party from 12 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Have a pint there; then, take some cans home to enjoy while watching the fireworks. Fairweather also hosts an Independence Day block party with neighbors including 4th Tap.
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Independence Brewing Native Texan Pilsner
OK, technically the Fourth of July is all about celebrating the day the 13 American colonies split from England in 1776. But we'll feel patriotic nonetheless drinking the red, white and blue cans of Independence's year-round pilsner named for our state pride and heritage. Native Texan is as crisp and clean as the Old World lagers it emulates and clocks in at a low-alcohol 5 percent ABV, perfect for the day-drinking we'll be doing on July 4.
Oasis, Texas Brewing's Bravo Company Kolsch
The Lake Travis brewery released this ale and lager hybrid in cans just in time for Memorial Day weekend — an easy-drinking tribute to military veterans like Josh Eilers of Ranger Cattle, a former Army Ranger who worked with Oasis to develop the beer. It's got Bravo hops, as a nod to Eilers' Ranger company. The kolsch makes a comeback for the Fourth of July (because where would America be without our brave armed forces?).
Enjoy the brew at Oasis' Independence Day party; you can also find the cans at stores around town, including HEB. Five percent of all proceeds will go toward the Farmer Veteran Coalition, a national nonprofit that empowers veterans working in the agricultural industry.