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Spring has sprung and it’s time to start popping tops on some cold ones. We’ve rounded up eight springtime brews for your backwoods, at the campsite, or on the water, bait-slinging, sipping pleasure. Put them to your lips, take a little sip, and tell us what you think. – cheers y’all.
Hopfusion Ale Works Feisty Blonde
Honey Vanilla Blonde Ale – ABV: 8.27%
Fort Worth, TX – hopfusionaleworks.com
Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Hopfusion Brewery takes pride in their brewing innovations and flavor creativity. Their Feisty Blonde Ale is a wild interpretation of the traditional blonde ale bursting with attitude. This bronze/golden ale combines deeply aromatic orange blossom honey with a touch of pure Mexican Vanilla and raw brown sugar to round out its smooth finish.
Buffalo Bayou Crush City IPA
American IPA – ABV: 7%
Houston, TX – buffbrew.com
Bringing history to a head, Buffalo Bayou Brewery, uses brewing techniques and rich Houston flavors to highlight the city’s past. This American IPA is bright and citrusy brewed with Mandarina hops as an ode to Houston. It has a smooth malt body from sip to swallow with a resinous, herbal follow up, finishing crisp and bright. This fun, easy drinking and approachable IPA is an H-Town classic.
3 Nations Royal Blood
Blood Orange Wit – ABV: 5.5%
Farmers Branch, TX – 3nationsbrewing.com
Determined to create something uncommon, 3 Nations Brewing takes a fresh approach on old world styles, pulling inspiration from Germany, England and Belgium. Their Blood Orange Wit has become their best selling beer and presents a big orange aroma and a sweet finish perfect for springtime sipping while relaxing outdoors.
3 Nations Mango Smash IPA
India Pale Ale – ABV: 6.9%
Farmers Branch, TX – 3nationsbrewing.com
Another fantastic creation from 3 Nations is the Mango Smash IPA. This refreshing and easy to drink IPA is packed full of mango, pineapple, and stone fruit aroma and flavor with the refreshing nibble of a hop finish. A fruiter brew, this IPA makes for perfect warmer-weather sipping and repeated patio-weather enjoyment.
Pedernales Robert Earl Keen Honey Pilsner
Honey Pilsner – ABV: 5%
Fredricksburg, TX – pedernalesbrewing.com
This Fredricksburg, TX based brewery is well known in the Texas Hill Country and is famous for their German infused classics. A light refreshing, honey lager, the Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils is made with locally sourced honey. The beer provides a slight sweetness to balance classic 100% German sourced hops and adds a pleasant wildflower aroma.
Fredonia Professional Texan Kolsch
Kolsch – ABV: 4.4%
Nachadoches, TX – fredoniabrewery.com
Take it from the pros, this simple and clean Kolsch is a smart choice whether you are sitting with a friend talking about life or enjoying a cold brew after mowing the back yard. This is the beer is a springtime must have. It’s a light, low malt, low hops, crisp and dry finishing Kolsch style ale, great for cutting the dust on a hot Texas afternoon.
Great Raft Southern Drawl Pilsner
Pilsner – ABV: 5%
Shreveport, LA – greatraftbrewing.com
Great Raft Brewing creates craft beer that complements the lifestyles and cultures of the south. Southerners enjoy spicy, flavorful food and Great Raft beer not only stands up to the bold flavors, but complements them as well. This pilsner is a mild, traditional and drinkable dry-hopped pilsner made with Louisiana rice.
Texas Ale Project Fire Ant Funeral
Amber Ale – ABV: 6%
Dallas, TX – texasaleproject.com
The Texas Ale Project is the first brewery and taproom to be built from the ground up in Dallas since the late 1800s. Family and veteran-owned, the brewery serves up this traditional amber ale for the spring. Brewed from a careful selection of seven different rich malts and features American grown hops that harmoniously rounds out the brew – this beer is balanced without the bite.

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